Subway by Etsuro Sakamoto & Work: The Cycle by Micron

Subway by Etsuro Sakamoto

Everyday I step into a coffin
With strangers.

Nailing hurriedly,
My own coffin

I go toward the city
To be buried alive.

When I first read the poem “Subway” I first thought of the trains under a subway and sandwiches you find in a restaurant also called subway. The poem started with the word “Everyday” which means consistently, always, regularly, cycle etc, plays a great role to the persona because the author who is speaking tells us that the things he was doing in the poem is on a daily basis.”I step into a coffin with strangers”, the word coffin acts as the train while strangers acts as the unfamiliar people, employees, workers, commuters, students or simply passengers. “Nailing hurriedly to my own coffin” symbolizes that the persona was rushing and is wanting to assemble his own resting place to have peace because that’s what he’s working hard for. “I go toward the city to be buried alive”, the city is his final destination where he gets stressed of work and feels dead internally because of doing it over and over again.

Work: The Cycle by Micron

Wake, work, home, eat sleep
This cycle keeps on and on
As the time it takes is so long
Wake, work, home, eat sleep

Wake work home eat sleep
This cycle don’t seem at all to end
All your life in work you seem to spend
Wake work home eat sleep

Wake work home eat sleep
You start to see your life is slipping away
As people no longer around you stay
Wake work home eat sleep

Wake work home eat sleep
I’m surprised now I’m even getting time to eat
It would be bliss to stop rest my feet
Wake work home eat sleep

Wake work home eat sleep
You doing so many hours you feel ill
And you keep doing the cycle still
Wake work home eat sleep

Wake work home eat sleep
People bosses customers just keep adding more
You start to long for sleep and to snore
Wake work home eat sleep

Wake work home eat sleep
Something drastic happens the cycle breaks
And that all that it really takes
Wake work home eat sleep no more., ….

This is the poem by Micron entitled “Work:The Cycle” that resembles Sakomoto’s “Subway”. Micron’s poem tells us that the persona’s routine is to “Wake, work, home, eat, sleep” which also refers to the first word in Sakamoto’s poem “Everyday”. Both poems tells the readers that both of them are stress and dead eternally. Both poems also tells us that the cycle of working doesn’t seem to end and it seems that you used all your life in work.

Source:  http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/work-the-cycle/

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