Five Minute Check

September 22, 2008
A Poem Inspired by Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen

Five Minute Check

The tattered orange sofa
The stained yellow chairs
The chemicals we often need
The privacy we don’t have
The residents we cannot stand
The plastic knives that make food bland
Five minute check
We are interrupted
We are losing time here
They will remind us
They will be the mockers
The telephone booths, our only connection
The burnt face that should be healing
Five minute check
Where has our time gone?
There are bars on the window
Could it slip through there?
Five minute check
I want to escape, but I cannot
We are locked in this place for an interim
We are locked inside ourselves forever
Five minute check

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irocwutujoc said...
Sept. 28, 2008 at 7:51 pm
very well written proud to say i know the poet
DinaIvey said...
Sept. 28, 2008 at 3:07 pm
I've read that book too, and love how you just incorporated so many aspects of the book into this poem.
Christina said...
Sept. 27, 2008 at 1:29 am
Amazing poetry. Very well written, cant wait to read more of your work.
RayRayinNJ said...
Sept. 26, 2008 at 11:31 pm
wonderful poem. love this poem especially how five minute checks appears constantly. gret literature behind it also. keep writing!
BuzyBoY said...
Sept. 25, 2008 at 7:38 pm
Great Great Great poem! I've read this book and he fits everything in here very well. I am looking forward to reading more of his work! Bravo!
Mrsnickjonas said...
Sept. 25, 2008 at 1:23 am
I think this is an amazing poem and it should go on into bigger and better articles!! Amazing!
xcatchyphrase said...
Sept. 24, 2008 at 11:57 pm
Very well written, love the use of the interruption.
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