Grid-locked

they shut us down
every night at ten
you’d never know it
when you’re young
because imagination
carries you through
fills in the blanks
from cut until end
but as you age
become old
the brain refuses
to add it up
lights out is lights out
we sleep when we sleep
the program requires time
to compile and analyze
all choices made
of so many billions
important and unimportant alike
decisions and consequences
it turns us off
runs its paradigms
calculates for the six hours down
boots brains back up
to awake to murder
drunken missteps
love and carpet bombings
we are all coordinates
on graph paper
waiting to be plotted
free will is the other side
of an equation previously computed

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