L. B. Mek

That flipped coin of momentary, bleak


Some, get to live their lives

as best they can

While others just try to survive 

their elongated, death


or, it melodramatically seems

on a cold November evening

with Xmas adds


and huddled figures

smiling about commodities

in their shopping bags, and swiping 

at their itinerary notification, burdens.


While you’re watching your bus

just fly past, matchstick packed

full of ghostly – inflamed, faces

and your foggy sigh, is drowned out


by a chorus 

of cursing, cackling teeth 

all around you.


Knowing, your promise of salvation

awaits in that leftover, takeaway 

you hope will taste better, day after…



© L. B. Mek

November 2021


  • Lorna

    Wow this was intense and a lot of feeling here in the images you painted. Good one Mek....

    • L. B. Mek

      intense is such a useful word
      has such imagery, yet is so pliable
      and works so well, when paired with feelings;
      that you found intensity, somewhere in my wording
      is a huge compliment, I shan't forget
      any time soon..
      thank you, kind Poet

    • spilleronsheet

      Fabulous yet sad
      I don’t know why it sheds upon the restricted life of ours
      The time passes so soon yet so many colours haven’t lived
      At the end however hard we may try, what remains are just regrets of life
      Yet what we have is no less
      It’s better to be happy about what we possess

      • L. B. Mek

        'At the end
        however hard we may try, what remains
        are just regrets of life
        Yet what we have, is no less
        It’s better
        to be happy about: what we possess...'
        (dear friend you should post these words
        or develop upon them in a write
        they are too true and too eloquent
        to be wasted on a mere comment)
        thank you for gracing my scribble's page
        with your wisdom..
        I read and learn, wise poet

        • spilleronsheet

          Thank you so much sir…upon reading it again maybe I can address a few more lines to it
          Your comment lifted a gloomy soul

        • AuburnScribbler

          A wonderfully constructed vivid scene here L. B. Mek, though it is mundanely bleak, it has a somewhat happy ending.

          Bravo, and I hope that all is well.

          • L. B. Mek

            oh what an uplifting feedback you've weaved,
            who needs coffee when I have your words, lol
            thank you! kind friend
            so glad you enjoyed the read

          • Teddy.15

            Dear Mek, you always write about things that matter, i come from an incredibly poor family I had 6 siblings, and my parents, I don't know how they made it each Xmas but some how they did. But it was a stress, I can never fathom how so many have so much and others have nothing. Your poem is bleak and honest about how many people actually pass Xmas. Empathy and compassion always wins in my opinion. Thank you.

            • L. B. Mek

              Dear kind hearted Poetess
              all I have are words of gratitude
              for your unfailing support, thank you
              for reading beyond my words
              and witnessing the inspirations behind them
              may your generosity be repaid tenfold!

            • Neville

              I am somewhat ashamed to say, this made me smile .. Maybe because I know the truth is staring me write back in the face ...... Indeed, I would go as far as to suggest, this whole page is excellent ................................ N

              • L. B. Mek

                that smile of relief, I too smile Hyung
                when reading back these words, to myself
                as-if someone else worded them
                hoping, next time I'm feeling this way
                maybe I will remember the message imbued
                and then, things may not look
                so bleak...
                thank you! you may be the first person
                to align the praise 'excellent'
                with one of my feeble scribbles, lol

              • melellendixon

                The alliteration helps this flow so well. Bravo

                • L. B. Mek

                  so glad you enjoyed the read
                  and your praise is rather special
                  since my work
                  usually lacks technical merit..
                  thank you, how very kind

                • Draven

                  Beautiful yet so brooding and sad.

                  • L. B. Mek

                    right?! and with your six words
                    you've just inked
                    such an acute phrasing: of life...
                    thank you, hope your challenge is going well

                    • Draven

                      Haha, I suppose you could be right!
                      Thank you, the challenge is going better than I imagined! About to post the next piece now 🙂

                    • SureshG

                      just another day, maybe a little easier, when so poeticized

                      • L. B. Mek

                        we can but let our fingers dance
                        on our qwerty keyboard of chance
                        and hope, always: Hope...

                      • Goldfinch60

                        That salvation is there for us all Mek.


                        • L. B. Mek

                          if you say so, wise friend
                          'I'll choose to intrust my positivity
                          in your unflinching bravery
                          and try to believe, wholeheartedly'
                          thank you!

                        • Paul Bell

                          Life in a bag and then some.
                          What is it really all about. The silver spoon brigade has never changed, and even at times propped up by the people who should know better. Why are kids still dying all around the globe. What does one man need with a hundred billion in the bank? Why do three buses always turn up at once.

                          • L. B. Mek

                            the rest, I hope Time and Nature will resolve
                            but the Buses!
                            we need to invest the greatest mind's we have
                            to get to the bottom of.. lol
                            what a wonderful comment to engage with
                            thank you for the supportive words, dear Poet

                          • Rozina

                            Thank you for painting this vivid scene. Timely reminder for the tough life many people have to endure. Beautiful.

                            • L. B. Mek

                              am just glad you could connect with it
                              really appreciate
                              your wonderfully supportive comment,
                              thank you!

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