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These Walls are coming for Me!

These Walls are coming for Me!

by: Guildford Windley

These Walls are coming for Me!
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Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
It seems like just yesterday we were ordered to shelter in place
Back then we were all part of the human race, back then we were all courteous and polite and even sometimes nice
The president took the lead, and showed his leadership skills, he blamed Obama, then passed the buck on to some other schlemiel
Now there was some good news, from this crisis, Mexico says if you gringos stay home they will pay for the wall in worthless dollars
Then the virus started a panic, first, there was the toilet paper run, and then everyone had to buy a gun
Now that I look back, it’s a safe bet to say being locked in your home is not for the fear of the virus; it’s the fear of some nut with a gun
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
Now we are stuck here in this damn house, who knows for how long; the government said to shelter in place, but if you look out the window, you’ll see the whole damn human race
Hey dear did the governor say shelter in place or did he say run amok all over the place
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
It’s been just a few days, and my wife and kids won’t have a thing to do with me, just goes to show you there’s always a silver lining when it comes to these things
My dogs growl when they see me, whatever happened, to being man’s best friend?
As for the cat, he is starting to scare me, that look in his eyes, like he wishes I would die
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
Just today, I told my family how proud they should be, they are all standing more than six feet from me
Then my wife looks at me with a face full of disgust, as she says it’s not because of the virus were standing so far, take a look at yourself, you’re a mess, you look disheveled, your hair is uncombed and those clothes you have worn for a week or more
Also, you have not shaved nor showered since this all begun, and frankly my dear your odor is keep us from coming anywhere near
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
I heard that the government plans to give us some free money, under a stimulus plan, which is great since I lost my job when they shut down our plant that makes surgical masks
Seems the company expert did a study that determines there was not enough demand to justify the plant
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
Gotta form from the government today, it’s to see if I qualify for the stimulus package that’s on its way
It says I need to answer yes to just four simple questions, in order to receive my cash payments
One-Are you a US citizen- yes two- are you unemployed because of Covid-19- yes
Three- Are you married with children- yes; and the last question you must answer yes is:
Fourth- In order to qualify you must have lived in Bangladesh during a total eclipse
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
Just heard Trump qualify for some dough- must have lived Bangladesh
As I sit here I try and to be thankful for the things that I’ve got
But, without any money, and supplies running low it’s getting hard to thank the lord
My phone is turned off, and they took the family car, but still, I keep on smiling with all the bourbon within me
The bills keep a-coming, the companies threatened to sue me, but at least they say they are keeping us in their prays during these difficult times
The water, gas, and electricity are gone and a letter of foreclosure has come
But as I sit here in the dark I am grateful for the can of beans that sit on our table for dinner tonight, but dear God if it’s not too much to ask, please could you give us a jolt power to turn on our damn electric can opener
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
Well, now we have a dilemma, at the front door is the Sheriff with his deputies; in his hand notice of foreclosure, he keeps yelling you need to get out if you don’t leave will come in and get you; meanwhile, at the back door there is the police saying if you try to leave we will arrest you for failing to shelter in place
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
Oh thank God the order has been lifted, and now we can leave this mess; as we walk out I can feel the sun on my face, there at the bottom of the stairs I see an old friend, as I reach out to greet him he sneezes all over my face
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
Now in the hospital, I just test positive after going through hell all of those days
They have me strapped to a gurney, my wife says goodbye to me and places a four-leaf clover on my lapel-my wife says it’s for good luck, just what I need
Kicking and screaming as push me into my new padded room, I can see the walls are going to get me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Look to the walls, as they close in on me
Look, look, look to the ceiling
Those damn walls are coming for me
Guildford H Windley
March 22, 2020
I want to acknowledge the music is the song look to the Rainbow; composers Burton Lane and Yip Harburg. It was from one of my favorite movies Finian’s Rainbow
In times of crisis, a little humor is a need, but I want everyone to know my heart goes out to all the people who have suffered or lost a loved one because of this horrible virus. It is not my intent to offend anyone with my satire; if I did I am truly sorry!
We as a nation and as a world will get through this and my hope is we will be stronger and will have to learn that we are not islands, but we are a community of the world, problems can be solved by compromise and goodwill, not by bombs and fear.
Lastly if after reading this and you think it stinks remember its Obama fault!

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Hi Guildford. Hope this day is finding you well> Did you see my announcement about the print anthology that I am putting together for DWW and would you be interested in contributing a poem or two? If you want to be included you can email your poems to shirleysatterfield63@gmail.com, and this is presently open to the public, so if you have a loved one who writes poetry, you can send theirs too. Much love and good health to ya, Hows your back.