Dedicated to Bezos and Gates and Zuckerman, et. al.
T’was a morning, dark and dreary, saturnine reflections amidst fetid ponds, or so it seemed.
That he was walking on the sandy shore of a sunny beach instead might have been a statement as to his mood, and he couldn’t tell why. There was no reason for it that he could think of. Everything seemed well, but still, a morosely dark, almost tangibly thick sensation of imminent unpleasantness seemed to permeate the air he breathed, although, admittedly, … with a salty savor.
Boredom, that’s all it was, seemingly worse than terror or danger, much worse than strain or overwork.
What a strange reward for tasks successfully completed, for financial and even social security attained, for goals met. No tang, …other than that the astronauts of old now peddled in cloying television commercials. No zest, … other than the brand of soap he’d once used. The ocean water wasn’t even cold, just pleasantly warm. Who’d have thought, not long ago, that pleasant could be pejorative.
He recalled the opening line of a song from an ancient television show, “Hee Haw” it’d been called:
“Gloom despair and agony on me” but the rest of the song, giving substance and meaning to the refrain certainly did not apply to him, “…if it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all”. No such luck for him, only positive things had happened, albeit after a long and sometimes fierce struggle during which he’d not infrequently suffered from depression. But this seemed worse.
Boredom was the pits, even for too young a billionaire!!!
Of course, he could have given everything away and traded places with a desperately poor slob somewhere, but …
© Guillermo Calvo Mahé; Manizales, 2021; all rights reserved. Please feel free to share with appropriate attribution. Guillermo (“Bill”) Calvo Mahé (a sometime poet) is a writer, political commentator and academic currently residing in the Republic of Colombia (although he has primarily lived in the United States of America of which he is also a citizen). Until 2017 he chaired the political science, government and international relations programs at the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales. He is currently a strategic analyst employed by Qest Consulting Group, Inc. He has academic degrees in political science (the Citadel), law (St. John’s University), international legal studies (New York University) and translation and linguistic studies (the University of Florida’s Center for Latin American Studies). He can be contacted at email@example.com and much of his writing is available through his blog at http://www.guillermocalvo.com.