Factory belt, poetic lament

L. B. Mek



Lunch escapades upon lava planes

Knightsbridge’s scenic ideal, make-believe

Apathetic work routines, subjugated

By our overdraft mirage of sinkhole wealth


Our heart’s revolt, pulsing hollow mantras

Young n free, twenty-three

Bites of cyclicality’s meal-deal sandwiches

Flatlined pyramid, in plastic


Overtly sweet soft drinks

Salt n vinegar, crunchy crisps

As life’s flavour aesthetics


Pebbled paths tripping our soulless shoes

ID’s with growling smiles

Suited in mirror images of defeats, fumes

Choice’s, steep interest rates


Memory’s shadow whisps

Blurred escapism’s stargazing feats

Mercy’s, numbing sips

We never realised, this was us at our


… Best …



© L. B. Mek

January 2023

  • Author: L. B. Mek (Offline Offline)
  • Published: April 3rd, 2023 02:24
  • Category: Unclassified
  • Views: 21


  • Mottakeenur Rehman

    The poem is a powerful commentary on the monotony of modern life and the struggle to find meaning and purpose.

    • L. B. Mek

      thank you! how kind
      (or at least a decent attempt, to)
      yet that monotony deceives some of us
      busy running to that awaiting, better
      we seldom realise, those youthful days
      of naïve vehemence
      were as good as it could ever get

      • Mottakeenur Rehman


      • Neville

        Hey brother Mek,
        Mr. Rehman simultaneously took the words from my mouth and stole my thunder ..
        I can only add that you have incorporated so many wish I had got there first lines, that the whole thing, is greater than the sum of its parts ........ Neville

        • L. B. Mek

          ha, ha!
          'wish i had got there first, lines'
          love that! i so relate
          guess that's what makes our beloved MPS
          such a potent home for poet's
          and wannabe's
          sparking motivation and inspiration
          from our collective progress
          one scribbler at a time!
          thank you Hyung

        • 2781

          We peaked a while ago. Good observations.

          • L. B. Mek

            thanks, glad you could relate
            although, less about peaking I think
            more about, our general circumstances
            back then, we assumed success
            would afford us all we wanted
            and failure meant life was over
            neither, works out so black n white
            most of life, is as grey as our winter skies
            a feat to just survive our daily grind..
            but, back then
            we were a little less aware
            meaning we hoped, a little more fervently
            and aspired as if, 'will' alone
            could grant us our rewards
            it's hard to go back to that mindset
            after life's bruises have taken their toll ..
            at least that's what I think, still
            'what do i know'

          • Bella Shepard

            Your wonderfully descriptive words paint the true picture of "different day, same existence". The thought must run through many a head upon rising each morning. Wonderful observations and a great write my friend!

            • L. B. Mek

              I just adore your comments,
              always so meaningfully insightful
              and worded so accessibly eloquent
              thank you! for gracing my humble scribbles
              dear cherished friend

            • Goldfinch60

              Our best is always there to come Mek.


              • L. B. Mek

                yeah, I agree Andy
                but if/when we get there,
                we're usually carrying
                a little more baggage
                and so we can never
                life's inevitable, wear n tear
                even if we evolved and got stronger
                a part of me thinks
                we had it best, when we knew
                a little less
                when our lungs, breathed-in hope
                a little easier
                and exhaled levity, a little more..
                (or maybe i'm just rambling as usual)

              • jewelwrites55

                Beautifully put. Thank you for sharing, your poems always move me deeply. I will be revisiting this one often.

                • L. B. Mek

                  how kind, so glad you enjoyed the read
                  and could relate
                  thank you! for your encouraging words
                  dear poet

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