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    <h1> written while waiting </h1>
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<section id="2019-05-22">
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  <h1>scrolling/strolling </h1>
  <time>2019-05-22</time>
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<p>
Today I waited for work to be over.
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I wait for the ending bell to ring most days,
but today was especially taxing.
I had nothing to do but I wanted to do something.
I had a paralysis of the will where I could not think
of anything worth my time.
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A point of fact:
the <i>ending bell</i>, referenced above,
is not actually a bell at all,
and would not be any sound whatsoever
were it not for one of my coworkers owning a watch
that beeps every hour.
I'm not sure who it is, and I don't hear the watch
except for at 4 p.m.,
but every day it chimes the end of the workday
(minus about twenty seconds for the timeclock to catch up).
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While I waited my mind was blank.
I tried to fill it with mind-numbing scrolling,
but I was quickly bored.
I wonder if scrolling is the twenty-first century equivalent
of nineteenth-century strolling,
when people aimlessly would walk around the countryside
because they had nothing better to do.
It seems more generative,
strolling,
as compared to scrolling.
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When I arrived at home I began to wait some more
for the time when I might go for a walk.
The day was hot and unforgiving.
I decided that evening was a better time for a stroll
so I sat on the couch by the twenty-first century hearth,
the TV.
I didn't turn anything on
but sat and stared at my darkened silhouette
reflected back at me in the screen.
I thought of waiting.
I thought of waiting.
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