Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Facing Failure

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

Facing Failure

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FACING FAILURE

Heart lies on a board with his hands crossed

on his chest. He is neither resting, nor sick.

He's working very hard. His brow knots up

as he stares at the clock. Heart is investigating

the nature of boredom. I'm bored, I'm bored

everyday he hears this said, both by people

he admires and by some he doesn't. Being a heart,

he has no chance for boredom. He is beating

every moment of the day and night. He pumps

blood and falls in love-these are his endeavors.

He thinks boredom is like being dead while still

having the benefits of life. You can eat a peach,

you can watch the sunset, you can walk the dog

none of which will interfere with your suffering.

Boredom isn't like sleep since boredom isn't restful.

It isn't like meditation because the mind is blank

with a touch of complaint. Heart tries to lie very still.

Outside he hears a robin scolding his neighbor's cat. …

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