monotony by Mark A. Fisher

monotony

he sits upon a concrete sidewalk
watching aliens in business suits
sliding calculatingly down neon streets
sniffing wistfully at every
street corner ramen shop
considering each infraction of AI law
displayed in puddled reflections
down every rain-washed alleyway
filled with the crippled and demented
simulacra of the restless dead
without worlds enough
with nothing but time
and the patience of a mountain
caught in an infinite loop
still waiting for her return

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Mark A. Fisher is a writer, poet, and playwright living in Tehachapi, CA. His poetry has appeared in Silver Blade, A Sharp Piece of Awesome, Penumbra, Young Ravens Literary Review, and many other places. His first chapbook, drifter, is available from Amazon. His second, hour of lead, won the 2017 San Gabriel Valley Poetry Chapbook Contest. His poem “there are fossils” came in second in the 2020 Dwarf Stars Speculative Poetry Competition. His plays have appeared on California stages in Pine Mountain Club, Tehachapi, Bakersfield, and Hayward. He has also won cooking ribbons at the Kern County Fair.

Image Credit: Tokyo alley – Cyberpunk 2077 vibes – Ramen shop (Etsy/adjacentfuture)