Dogs 2006

LOW COMPASSION
(12/14/06)


you called me
at work
to say that
you were sick
flu-like symptoms
but not the flu
been to the Dr.
picked up a script
now home
low on groceries
with an unwalked
dog

I remember this
it was another
Pat Test
the relationship over
but the cattiness
continued

I suggested
fluids
and rest
also wondered
why you hadn't
picked up any food
if you had been out
then listened
to your response
of silence

I was building
a great curve
on this exam
for any students
who may follow

finally
I asked you
to just
ask
me
what you wanted

cranberry juice
you said

after work
not being
a complete shit
I brought you juice
I walked the mutt
then I held you
for an hour
because you couldn't
get warm

later
at home
tired
hungry
and feeling an itch
at the back
of my throat
I smiled

I wouldn't
be making
any calls