Dogs 2005

FIRST COLD
(11/19/05)


after
a long suffering
summer of discontent
the first freeze
fell upon us
like a pronouncement
of our guilt
for the excesses
committed during
those hot months
of even hotter
thoughts and
actions

cold
a remonstrating
hand of restraint
from above
accompanied by
an increasing darkness
to conceal our despair
at the wasted
efforts expended
during warmer weather
and ample amounts
of sunlight

feet drag
and heads bow
as the clocks reverse
adding a further human indignity
to the already ignominious
slights of nature
leaving well enough
alone
never an attribute
of our
species

but
there are some
who emerge energized
from a summer's hibernation
the fresh air filling
lungs that long
for cooler atmospheres
and temperaments
that welcome
less lit
skies

heads
that were covered
during a season
of outdoor activity
and the ignorant bliss
of thronging hoards
are now exposed
to the dimming light
grinning at the lack
of human pressure
during gray days
of soulful
solitude

now
is the time
for the untouchables
to press the palms
of the welcoming
winter