Dogs 2006

A WOLF NO MORE
(12/17/06)


he came down
out of the northlands
furry and ferocious
so full of life
so full
of self

the city seemed
easy pickings
the inhabitants
lingering at
a lower
energy level
seemingly not
possessing the usual
natural instinct
of kill
or be killed

he roamed
the streets
with impunity
for a time
but the city
had a different outlook
on his deranged
demeanor
and soon captured
his wild nature
and tamed
his isolationist
instincts

years later
out one night
prowling the streets
he passed a puddle
under a streetlight
and saw his
domesticated reflection
looking skittishly
back at him

he was just
another dog
now

a lesser
breed
of man