Commercials on a Loop by Bogdan Dragos

An old model black colored TV with static across its screen
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they didn’t even know

who the kid watching TV in the

other room was

but maybe that was

not their number one problem

“You goddamn bitch,” he said. “Tell me!

Tell me you didn’t

steal any from me, so I can say

I don’t believe you. C’mon, tell me!”

“Fuck you,” she said. “You lost it.”

“I knew you’d find some

excuse, some lie. Cuz you’re one lying bitch,

that’s what you are.”

“Hey, what about the tenant?”

“Who?”

“The tenant, deepshit! From the other

room. You’d rather believe

I stole it, not him?”

“What the…? Bitch, that’s your son. He’s

like five. He don’t pay no rent.”

“What? We gotta kick ‘im out then!”

“Aha! So you did

take my shit! You’re so high you don’t

recognize your own son. Again!”

They were louder than

the TV

but it didn’t matter. This TV had one

channel only

and it played commercials on a loop. Commercials

about frying pans. The kid

liked to watch the food

displayed in those commercials. It looked

divinely good.

And he was hungry and they ran out

of toast again

But dad threw mom out the window

again. Maybe she’ll grab some

on her way back.

-BOGDAN DRAGOS

Bogdan Dragos supervises casinos for a gambling company, working twelve-hour shifts locked in a dark office full of TV monitors. There he mostly daydreams and writes poems and stories. He also manages a poetry blog Daydreaming as a profession.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Terveen Gill says:

    Bogdan’s writing captures the utterly despairing realities of this world. There’s always sadness, anger, and humor to be found in his words. Drug abuse and its consequences are beyond comprehension. What if you are the child of drug addicts? It’s a life that has no head or tail, no warmth or security. I hope mom does get some bread for her son when she finally remembers him. This made me chuckle.
    Congratulations Bogdan!

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    1. ( ⊃。•́‿•̀。)⊃ Thank you!

      You’re right, that lifestyle is a hell like no other, and the worst part is that innocence is quickly drained there. Kids don’t stay young forever. The more they’re exposed to it, the more they emulate it, and thus the cycle continues…

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  2. brittabenson says:

    Hard hitting as per usual and utterly compelling. Thanks for sharing, Bogdan. Your poems are always thought provoking discussion starters. There’s so much drama and conflict in them. One day, you’ll write about a fluffy rainbow unicorn and give that ueber-happy theme a whole new catastrophic makeover. I’d love to read a variation on ‘My Little Pony’, Bogdan style!

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    1. (੭´・ᵕ・ )੭ Thank you, Britta!

      Although, you know, the “My Little Pony” franchise has more than enough dark fan-fiction stories (believe me…), it really doesn’t need another one :))

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  3. jonicaggiano says:

    I feel like this is not something to laugh at but I can’t help it your work makes me laugh. Perhaps it is your ability to take something extremely tragic, which the situation truly is horrible, but you are able to make it funny some how. This is dark stuff and we all know it but the woman falling out of the window before and falling out again, hopefully on her way to get bread for her hungry child struck me as funny. I think you true gift is that, you can take the strange, and even horrors of the world and make us laugh. Sometimes humor is the only way we can deal with many things. Nicely done. I am hoping for a cool emoji too! Hugs, Joni

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    1. ┻┳|
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      ┳┻|⊂ノ
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      Here’s a drawing of their neighbor as he watches the mother fall from the window for the 13th time this week :))

      Well, it’s said that the secret to being happy in life stands in programming your brain to find the humor in any situation. The least I can do is try, I guess · ◡·

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      1. jonicaggiano says:

        Your writing is very interesting and funny. There is nothing wrong with that. Thank you for that amazing emoji. ❤️🤗

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  4. Too bad children have to go through that stuff. I didn’t grow up around drugs or anything, but I’m familiar with the lifestyle, and you catch that moment, when the drugs run out and the tensions are running. A person does unimaginable things–because the body’s chemistry is messed up! That’s no excuse for wrong doing, but dang! People do crazy things they wouldn’t do if they were sober.

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