Capilano and Marine

Cheap car stereo sings an overplayed radio rock song
As little rivers run down the dirty
windshield
Store opened a minute ago
Not that you care for clocking in late
Pull plastic rain coat half-heartedly over your thinning hair
To make a dash through the downpour
Armed with cheap vodka and breathmint chasers
Without them you couldn't make it through the work day

Stocking shelves and sweeping floors
Isle 9 is the only land in sight
Clamp teeth over
tongue when dealing with complaints
And indecency
Clench fist, trembling lips pursed tight
Can't stop mourning swiftly dying dreams

The day she left you were drunk for days
The lawn outgrew the fence
And the mailbox spilt it's guts over the littered sidewalk
Wander about in a sleepwalk like state
Prescription pills as a side dish to a dinner of breakfast cereal
Washed down with what's left
Of the day's bottle of Canadian Club
You just sit and stare numbly through the stained pane
And will the planes over North Van to crash
                                                         
This piece is based on the novel The Gum Thief by Canadian author and artist Douglas Coupland, if you havn't read it already it's definitely worth seeking out.