The Bulb

Things are chill, at present. It’s Father’s Day. The TV is off. And the boy is away at Boy Scout camp. I’m just laying around, horizontal on the couch, staring at a bare light bulb that’s housed in my kitchen ceiling – with a years’ earned band of dust caked across its belly, just because it is in my line of sight…

I’ve become fixated on this globe, have become ONE with it, completely, as I beam my self THROUGH its dusty, frosted glass, with undivided TOTALITY.

Now, I attempt to UNSCREW the bulb, from its threaded captor… FROM THE INSIDE.

My body turns, suddenly, ABUZZ and FLOODED with light at my mission, my breath; DEEP flowing electrons, my eyes ABLINK; glowing filament-like, trying, TRYING, again AND again, wholly FOCUSED, absolute, CONCENTRATED…. unscrewing, unscrewing, unscrewing.



But, the bulb does not budge.

However, STILL, I persist.


I know it sounds crazy.

But, what better do I have to do?



Photo by Alex SacK

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Alex Sack

Alex Sack, born 1970, is a taxi driver who grew up in the Washington D.C. suburbs of Maryland. He attended several different colleges and universities around the D.C./Baltimore region as a music major for 4 & 1/2 years before quitting - pre-diploma - to the horror of his father. He tried his hand as a professional musician/songwriter seeing him through travels domiciled in New York City’s East Village, Los Angeles (where he scored a few songs on The Disney Channel's 'Even Stevens') and San Francisco - where he's ultimately put down roots. Alex is a single dad to two boys, currently ages 15 and 17. His post-natal fallback occupation as Operations Assistant at a start-up clean-tech engineering consultancy came to a sudden end with the one-two punch of the owner’s fatal skiing accident in Tahoe and the subsequent downturn in the economy.This - and an acquired nervous twitch to cubicle work - has led to his latest job...

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