Day-to-day in Troubled Times

The day-to-day’s what breaks your spine.
You know you’ll hold for weeks to come.
You know you’ll manage monthly cash.
You know you’ll thrive by end of year.
The day-to-day’s what breaks you down.

The hour-by-hour is not so bad,
As you’re too caught up to reflect.
The minutes on the bed awake,
Before and after sweaty sleep,
Are what afflict the day-to-day.

No wonder people take to drinks
And pills and drinks with pills in them.
You’re tempted every night to try,
But every morning heave aside
The growing heaviness of need:
The need to numb the day-to-day.

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