Swan-Song of J. Alfred Prufrock


           
J. Alfred, I'm sick of your whining --
get off your butt and do something!
 
Yes, I know life is meaningless.
I know you've got a lot of time on your hands.
Of course, tea parties can be boring.
But let me just ask here: "Is someone making you do this?
Is someone making you hang out with these cold, scornful

   women?"
Surely a guy like you could find someone to relate to. It's 

    not that hard.
 
No, you're not Prince Hamlet --
and you're not an attendant lord either.
You're J. Alfred Prufrock!
Eat
a peach, for-God's-sake!
Talk
to the mermaids!
Just do it!

 

  <Note: It's useful to think of Whoopi Goldberg as the speaker.> 

 

Hear Jerry/Lucius read this poem.    This poem is part of the Scraps of Faith collection of poems.

Keywords: ennui, self-realization, famous, Prufrock