• Tyler Bauer

the deep end


Look at them,

brains wired to survive

not to be happy


soaking up chemicals

inside the sponges of their skulls

until they feel something

like the ones in

little glowing screens


standing knee high

in chlorine water

talking about regional sales

from a Midwest district office,

pedicures and future plans

and how this is so much fun


but the spark plugs

inside their heads still misfire


either firing too hard,

too often,

or not firing at all


I can see the kids in the deep end

haven’t settled for the shallow yet

full of electricity and color

without the chemicals

for now.

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