So What Do You Do?

Somewhere, that’s about what it seems, at least
For now, maybe.  It’s a bit like someone saying
What do you do?  To be honest with you, and
I’m not always as honest as I’d like, I’m still
Wondering about that, the what do you do
Thing.  It’s always something, wouldn’t you
Say?  There’s never been a not doing, but
Lately, that seems indeed pleasurable over
Piles of laundry and late bills.  Is that what 
It all comes down to, doing something,
Somewhere, sometime, somehow?  Would
You ask a Palaeolithic hunter the same?
He and/or she is just hungry and all the
Dinner animals are either skittery or way
Too big to bring down.  Every day has a 
Certain melody, sometimes operatic, but
Often, just a sweet song someone hums
Now and then, though lately, more blues
That makes both of us just want to lie
Down and die.  But, thank heavens, we
Don’t as we want to keep listening, even
A little, just to see what tomorrow might
Bring.  Isn’t everyone wondering about 
Tomorrow?  Or hoping for tomorrow?
Some have already dropped dead from
Not knowing about what to do next, but
For others, maybe you, we’re already 
Dreaming way ahead of where we already
Are.  It’s also very possible none of us
Really know what we’re doing, or what
We’ve done, or haven’t done, or don’t
Even know what we should have done.
But like a miracle everyone here keeps 
On doing as that’s why we’re here, just
To do something.  Of course that’s right,
And even if you’re not doing, your old
Brain on life support is still scanning 
The universe for what’s in front of us, 
Wondering, of course, how soon we’ll
Not even have those electrical hot wires
As the way this works out is we don’t
Get to do this very long, even though 
Everyone thinks this certainly could go
On, like forever, and then, forever is 
Already over, and there you are either 
In a tiny box of bones and ashes, or worse,
Just lying like that down below not doing 
Anything again, ever, anymore, anywhere.

©2020 DeWitt Clinton
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