Work, eat, sleep, repeat


A life spent in drudgery
In the fires of industry
Drained faces
Derelict houses
Masses of paupers
putting one foot in front of the other
Scant leisure
Hope a buried treasure
Work, eat, sleep, repeat
Highlights: cigarettes and beer
and sex
on the flimsiest of pretexts
The bawling baby born with a caul
The trembling hand holding a shawl
Young and old
The same story unfolds
The unbearable monotony
of a life of penury
Expendable workers in a hive
trudging through life β€”
at the end of the narrow tunnel, nothing
for those transient wretched human beings

I’ve just come back from Manchester where I spent a few days and visited the Lowry Gallery. I’ve always liked Lowry as an artist, but to be able to view so much of his work up close was a real treat and gave me a renewed appreciation of his talent. Those (very) modest few lines were inspired by his 1930 painting: “Coming from the Mill”, and others.


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91 thoughts on “Work, eat, sleep, repeat

      1. I’m fine! I’ve got to catch up on what has been happening in the WordPress world now πŸ˜‰
        Yes, I did like it! I wasn’t a fan of Gregory, he annoyed me straight away. I like that we’ve met another community of survivors and it seems we are finally going to meet Negan. And of course, it was nice to see Rick looking disheveled again and covered in blood, it’s like his natural state lol

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    1. Thank you Charles! I did indeed think of extending it but then got involved with something else I was writing and gave up on the idea. You are right though, it felt incomplete even to me.
      Thank you so much for taking the time to offer your opinion, I really, really appreciate it πŸ™‚

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      1. I can relate, don’t worry! I’ve been away for the past few days and I’m going to try to catch up on reading all of you guys but it’s not easy – life gets in the way πŸ™‚
        Have a great day πŸ’œ

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  1. Very bleak and evocative, such a current of worthlessness and misery throughout. As soon as I started reading it I thought of Blake’s “dark Satanic mills”.
    Brilliant writing!

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    1. Blake, uh? Dark satanic mills shows indeed some brilliant writing, I can only be too happy that I captured the same kind of vibe even if I can only dream of one day possessing such penmanship. Thank you Adam for a lovely comment πŸ™‚

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  2. The imagery of words you’ve wrote is spot on. The outlook of life is intense.

    Say, I didn’t know your name was ‘Nathalie’? Sorry, some of your friends here said your name and I was surprised. Hi! πŸ™‚

    Love your mind and your visionary of heart and soul. πŸ™‚

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    1. Yes Charlie, my name is Nathalie (with an “h” because I’m French), not that you’d know it by looking at my blog because it doesn’t appear anywhere. It’s only through forging friendships with other bloggers that names have come up πŸ˜‰
      Hi! *shakes hands then thinks better of it and does a high 5 instead*
      Now we’ve been formally introduced after talking regularly for the last couple of months (lol)… we left it a bit late πŸ˜‰
      Thank you, you know I’m a fan of yours so your words speak straight to my soul πŸ™‚

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      1. Nice. I’ve never met anyone online that is French. Awesome! πŸ™‚

        It’s nice to finally and formally know you. As you know, my name Charlie Zero is just an alias name, you knew that right?

        Likewise we share the same respect of each others work. πŸ™‚


      2. Awesome. hahahaha!!! Well, I can’t wait for more of your poetry tomorrow.

        By the way, tomorrow morning I will be posting up my next poem. At 3:00am. L.A. time. Keep your eyes out for it. It will trip you out…and I think you’ll love the words I choose.

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      3. I don’t think I’ll have time to do anymore writing this week so you’ll (probably) have to wait a while longer for more πŸ˜‰
        I’ll look out for your post, in fact I should visit because I’ve been away from WordPress for a few days so I may have missed something. In any case, I’m looking forward to your next “mind trip” – that’s what I call your writing because, er, that’s exactly what it is each time πŸ˜‰

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  3. MΓ©tro, boulot, dodo…
    Very well put, my dear. In a few brilliant words. (Who would guess english is not your mother tongue? Or maybe it is? Anche parla italiano? We should set up training for our monolingual compatriots, and maybe avoid the final breakdown of France)
    Going back: A brilliant text. At this level, I don’t know if it’s poetry or prose, but bl..dy good it is. πŸ˜‰
    Bonne semaine Nathalie.

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    1. English is not my mother tongue but I’ve lived in the UK long enough that it’s a close second to my adored French πŸ˜‰
      Italian I can do a little, although I only studied German and Spanish in addition to English…so the italian comes from having cousins who have an italian mother…and a best friend with italian parents…and my very first boyfriend was italian too lol
      Merci beaucoup Brieuc, c’est toujours super agrΓ©able de recevoir une visite d’un compatriote. Bonne semaine Γ  toi aussi πŸ™‚

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      1. Tout le plaisir est pour moi. Y compris, (c’est rare avec nos chers compatriotes) pouvoir parler dans plusieurs langues. Je vois qu’on a un peu les mΓͺmes. (Plus que 19 jours pour le printemps)

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  4. Great artist! I used to think his stuff was matchstick men, cos of the song, but when you see one properly, you realise he used just the right amount of detail to make his work touching and beautiful πŸ™‚

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    1. I can understand that, at first glance, his technique might seem rudimentary, but his paintings are very powerful…they convey such emotion. As with any art, as I’ve written not so long ago, it’s not technique that appeals to me, it’s the ability to express and translate emotion. And Lowry could certainly do that πŸ™‚

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      1. Sorry I went on a bit there, I searched high and low for that picture I was on about and never did find it – as I recall, it was under an arched bridge, with pedestrians, a dog, a ball, a woman with a pram etc, a very good one, in a book in the college library, I got to like it so much I remember going back to look again at it well after the project was over, I haven’t sen it since, I guess I fell in love with it a bit! πŸ˜‰ ❀

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    1. Yep, this was 1930 but as I’ve already said in earlier comments, it can easily be transposed to here and now. Things don’t really change, do they? There will always be a miserable rat race.

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