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“Kathy, I’m lost,” I said, though I knew she was sleeping
I’m empty and aching and I don’t know why
– America, Simon and Garfunkel

Sometimes it seems, the whole world conspires to put you in misery. You fight, you fight, you fight, you fight, you fight and sometimes you die. I feel like this place leeches off of me, and each day I feel a little weaker, a little smaller and a little less me. I wonder what I’m going to become when I’m done with school. I wonder what I’ve already become.

The Boxer
– Simon and Garfunkel

I am just a poor boy
Though my story’s seldom told
I have squandered my resistance
For a pocket full of mumbles such are promises
All lies and jests
Still a man hears what he wants to hear
And disregards the rest

When I left my home and my family
I was no more than a boy
In the company of strangers
In the quiet of the railway station running scared
Laying low, seeking out the poorer quarters
Where the ragged people go
Looking for the places only they would know

Lie la lie …

Asking only workman’s wages
I come looking for a job
But I get no offers,
Just a come-on from the whores on Seventh Avenue
I do declare, there were times when I was so lonesome
I took some comfort there

Lie la lie …

Now the years are rolling by me
They are rockin’ evenly
I am older than I once was
And younger than I’ll be and that’s not unusual.
No it isn’t strange
After changes upon changes
We are more or less the same
After changes we are more or less the same

Then I’m laying out my winter clothes
And wishing I was gone
Going home
Where the New York City winters aren’t bleeding me
Bleeding me, going home

In the clearing stands a boxer
And a fighter by his trade
And he carries the reminders
Of ev’ry glove that layed him down
Or cut him till he cried out
In his anger and his shame
“I am leaving, I am leaving”
But the fighter still remains

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Written by Pranaya

August 13, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Posted in Uncategorized

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