Dogs 2006

HARD
(9/5/06)


few
of us
are born hard
but if we live
for any length of time
with even minimal
awareness
we soon
come to believe
that it's the only
way
to be

the world
is not
a peaceful
easy place
and
in one way
or another
we are all
constantly
eating
or being
eaten

life is
work
pain
and disappointment
for those who believe
in a kinder
gentler
world
but
if we accept
this telling trinity
as fact
and not as punishment
our outlook is shifted
and we feel a part
of the starker
scheme

the sooner
that we realize
this truth
the easier
it will be for us
to have some measure
of our designated space
in the order
of the
universe

learn
to like your
coffee black
and get on
with it