I Love This Poem By Sam Shepard....

MOTEL CHRONICLES

 

He changed the canary

Fed the mule

Stood transfixed for half an hour

 

Every morning

He changed the canaries

Fed the mule

And stood transfixed for half an hour

 

He never planned on standing transfixed for half an hour

It just happened

Every morning

 

Maybe it was the pause in finishing feeding the mule

The momentum running down

 

There seemed to be a natural momentum

From changing the canaries

To feeding the mule

 

There was never any problem

Moving from the canaries

To the mule

 

It just happened

Every morning

 

It was the pause

After feeding the mule

That stunned him

 

A Giant Pause

 

He even knew what the next thing was

He knew it very clearly

 

He knew the next thing was feeding himself

After feeding the mule

 

But he couldn't move

 

He stood transfixed for half an hour

Staring at the desert

 

Sometimes staring at his bottle house

 

Sometimes staring at the well pump

 

It depended on which direction he happened to be facing

When the transfixion struck him

 

It got to the point when he looked forward

To standing transfixed for half an hour

 

It was the high point of his morning

 

Change the canaries

Feed the mule

Stand transfixed for half an hour

 

 

psyko psyko
36-40, F
3 Responses Jul 29, 2009

I like to stand transfixed for half an hour, sometimes. Most of the time it's an hour, though.

Me neither. Don't talk to me in the morning unless you want to get your head bitten off....! I'm usually OK once I've had my spaced out time and gotten fully ready.

Yeah me too, only I don't get much of a chance anymore with the Little One running around everywhere - I usually get transfixed between my morning shower/application of moisturiser and getting dressed.