Dogs 2006

BROTHER BOLLOCKS
(7/3/06)


he
creases his brow
fidgets a bit
looks toward the ceiling
then clears his throat
Brother Bollocks
will now
speak

he starts
in earnest
as does he always
and to a novice listener
would seem to be making
a sapient beginning
to some salient
discourse
but the
seasoned audience
knows
that no matter
the sagacity
of his opening comments
that Brother Bollocks' speech
will soon unravel
of its own
accord

a mispronounced
word
an incomplete
thought
a gross misuse
of the common
language
will often signal
Brother Bollocks' demise
as he begins
to stutter and stammer
barely getting the phrases
past his trembling lips
and all the while
the earnestness in his eyes
belies the fact
that he doesn't
have the slightest
idea
of what
he speaks

we continue
however
to invite
Brother Bollocks
to our meetings
because despite himself
and his serious lack
of communication acumen
he cannot help but
to spill a bit of truth
amongst the dross
falling from his lips
although
he is more often
than not
unaware
of the fact

many
an inspired
group notion
has had its beginning
from a single morsel
derived
from the ramblings
of Brother Bollocks
and
when watching
the faces
of the assembled
ensemble
one can detect
when he has
stirred a crystalline thought
in one of his listeners
it is for that reason
that he has the honor
of beginning our sessions
even though it may
be a disoriented
and confused
commencement

later
Brother Bollocks' face glows
as one after another
attributes their remarks
to a thought gleaned
for the chafe
of his comments
and the collective face
of our esteemed group
also glows
with the recognition
that his ranting
has ceased
for yet
another
week

as we depart
the meeting place
we smile and embrace
and shake our heads
as we watch
Brother Bollocks
walking away
still muttering to himself
sails replete
with a surfeit
of arrogant air
but no
helmsman
at the
wheel