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Ashley’s Time

1 Leave a comment on verse 1 0 Support your skeleton going forward
or embrace its weakness. I can’t do it for you.
It depends on what your long term goals are –
where you see yourself in five years’ time.

2 Leave a comment on verse 2 0 The important thing is to eat every three hours:
keep your blood sugar up. Only you have the answers.

3 Leave a comment on verse 3 0 No carbs; no protein. Watch your daylight quotient.
You need something to set your pulse racing
at specific intervals I can specify.

4 Leave a comment on verse 4 0 Going forward, roll out a plan
to support your skeleton. I can’t do it for you.
Breathe in for 7, hold for 5 and breathe out for 8.
Look inside yourself. Try one of our shakes.

5 Leave a comment on verse 5 0 Consider the brightest minds in the game: Frank Lampard
playing between the lines: Masons Bennett and Mount
lighting up the park. Keep mobile. Keep moving
in the milieu of living things. Add tomato supplements

6 Leave a comment on verse 6 0 to bedside pharmacies of well-being,
counterintuitive holistic thought: Total Network Solutions.
You don’t need long term goals anymore.
Understand the difference between speed and endurance

7 Leave a comment on verse 7 0 like an attritional batsman against the swing bowling winds
of indifference. Search for the answers inside:
I can’t do it for you. Like an un-recentred satellite
navigation display, the right roads

8 Leave a comment on verse 8 0 are at all the wrong angles. Together we’ll find them.
I can’t do it for you. After the apocalypse,
Sports Direct’s closing down sale will be our final refuge,
the pivot between epochs. Ashley’s time

9 Leave a comment on verse 9 0 before the Sondico and 2 for 1 Adidas Bang
forms the cradle for a new incarnation of man.
I can’t do it for you. Breathe.
In and out. 7-11; 7-5-8: any formation.

10 Leave a comment on verse 10 0 Live in hope. It’s too weak to kill you.
A smile doesn’t cost you anything
except dignity: It’s not contagious.
You’ve got to put it in to get it out.

11 Leave a comment on verse 11 0 The last man at the buffet
missed his own plate of breaded chicken –
the pick of the banquet.
The dish itself – Poole Pottery – was also stolen:

12 Leave a comment on verse 12 0 Crockery drift. Outlived by utensils.
Support your skeleton going forward.
I can’t do it for you.

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Notes

Life coach messages mixed with visions of Sports Direct surviving the apocalypse.

Source: http://footballpoets.org/poems/ashleys-time/