Every Sunday there is a man screaming at the sea.
At dawn, I hear him yelling,
Voice straining violently
As the low tide waves do nothing
To drown him out and let me sleep.
I want to warn him that this weekly ritual is probably bad
For those fragile little threads in his throat.
I can hear them break over the surf,
Especially when he reaches the top of his register.
It sounds like losing one’s balance.
At first I thought he was drunk.
After the third time I thought it was rage,
Then grief after the fourth,
And then back to alcohol-induced.
I went to yell to the man,
But saw he had headphones in and could not hear me.
“Madam, il le fait pour chanter mieux,”
The guard says at my shoulder.
He grabs his throat in his fingertips
And makes a gesture that suggests strengthening.
I nod as though I understand this logic.
“C’est le sel – c’est bon pour la voix.”
If I wanted to sound like beef jerky
I too would scream at the ocean.
The salt would cure my throat so that it never got tired.
In front of us, just out of earshot
The man keeps sing-screaming to the endless ocean
Off-rhythm and Off-key
Hoping to have a voice as tough as the surf.
I think I’m pretty awesome.
That’s how I roll.
Waiting for the phone call that will probably kill a bit of my soul.
Job opportunity. A perfect fit for me.
Today’s the day.
Hope this sinking feeling goes away
And I hope it does it soon
‘Cuz I’m running out of tune.
Gotta get this food to the food pantry
Doing right by neighbors, and karmatically speaking – me
And then sit by the phone
Try not to think about how I’m alone
And not employed in a self-fulfilling industry
Cubicles not my cup of tea
But what else can I do?
Worked really hard, yeah that’s true.
Rocked my life
Relatively free from strife
So why then should I feel blue?
Ho-hum, dum de dum dum dum
Getting in my car, no guitar to strum
Song should be done
But it’s fun
To sing about mundane tasks in the sun.
Hope it’s a good day today.
Hope everything goes my way.
Note: I did not do this as any sort of rap. It’s really just a simple riff on a basic melody line.