Rami Obeid

three poems

Hospital Music

 

Small paper cups

of coffee are a

token of something

 

Why are you there this time?

Worried that your liver

is failing?

Ease up on the Tylenol you

Idiot

 

Did you take too much or not enough?

 

I sit in the waiting room

 

Shit problems

 

I mean

Something is wrong with Something

 

Step right this way

 

Coffee is good says my Dad

Eat an apple

Drink some water and

Smoke a cigarette

 

Take some blood

Can’t find a vein

 

I haven’t shit in three days

And I lie about what I’ve taken

 

Wait in the secluded area of blue

 

I have a Faulkner book with me

I fall asleep after trying to force myself in Southern Sun

 

A couple of hours later

after laboring over my living

 

My liver is fine

My kidneys are fine

 

Go home and go as you are

 

My girlfriend picks me up

 

And I drink water

by itself this time

 

 

 

 

  

As Far As I Can Get Away From Mold
I Remain Desolate in this House Full of Gold 

 

A wet log in a

Lonesome cabin

is better than

fire starters

who howl at

game shows

on TV

 

I have uses

for the useless

wood; I can write

something about

this misfortunate

Log/ but ah!

 

How lucky am I

to be able choose to

be cold rather

than be warm

with a headache

and no dinner

plans

 

Yes, sometimes

cold is better;

I can always put

on a jacket

but I cannot

strip skin:

 

I am a walking

Contradiction;

Books surround

Me with their

uselessness

and they probably

say the same

about

me

 

 

 

 

 

Die In The Key of C# Minor

 

There,

see it:

 

50s Doo-Wap

is in my ear

on a lonely

rain bus

 

Screaming does not

work when I stare at

soup being heated

after I come back

 

One whistle of

the lighthouse

screams and

tells me to

go to bed

 

God Loves Another Rami

24 January, 2021

Rami Obeid is a poet from Toronto, Ontario, Canada and is a staff member for Versification Zine. He has been published in numerous online and print publications. His chapbook "Marooned on the Shores of Malaise" is available from Whispering Wick. Follow him on twitter @obeid_ro