I feel less lonely when I watch TV:
The heartbreak and the healing both go quicker,
And Marketing’s best minds keep courting me
As though my name were capping a marquee
It might as well, since I control the clicker.
I feel less blue, too, watching: though TV
Can’t do much more than mute a tragedy
(The ten o’clock news scrolls its frantic ticker),
It compensates with ample comedy
Reruns alone could last an eternity!
That comfort bathes me in its bluish flicker.
I feel less lonely when I watch TV,
Though lately not as often. When I see
My favorite sitcom couples snipe and bicker
They used to smile, to beam, accepting me
Into their homes; now they seem less carefree,
And the canned laughter sounds like one long snicker.
I get so lonely when I watch TV,
Where everyone plays a part apart from me.