Dogs 2006

MYOPIA
(12/21/06)


I was 14
when they told me
that I needed
glasses

my friends
laughed
saying that
I played with myself
too much
and was going
blind

I didn't laugh
since they
may
have been right

I didn't know
how much
was too much
I only knew
how much I did
and that my eyes
were getting
bad

I worried
but decided
not to ask
my dad

33 years later
my vision is
much worse
so I don't know
what that says
about my life

I am grateful
that I can
still read
without correction
because when
nothing
else
is working
and no words
are falling
from the pen
I need
the unfettered solace
of those who wrote
before us
as easily
and as compulsively
as they breathed

they were not
underemployed pretenders
with an overabundance
of free time
they were writers
putting down the lines
because they didn't
have a choice

thank you
God
or whomever sired
those tortured souls
and thank you
for what is left
of my sight

although
sans spectacles
it is difficult
to see
my dick
from here