Dogs 2006

SCOT GAMES
(9/17/06)


what's this?

I had thought
that the river path
would be a calm
serene setting
for a Saturday afternoon
walk in the sun
but
blocking my way
a placard declaring
EVENT IN PROGRESS
so I hop a fence
and circumnavigate
the mass of humanity
apparently constituting
the event

I hear
bagpipes and drums
but this is Oklahoma
after all
and along
with the kilts
haggis
and caber tossing
I also see
Harleys
halter tops
and cowboy boots

from
a distance
the festivities look
no different
than those of
Cinco de Mayo
The Forth of July
or Oktoberfest
other than the colors
and outfits
involved

just another
American excuse
to act the fool
and drink
some beer

another exercise
in exhibition
and excess

I guess
that the only
international connection
is that around the world
other nationalities
also look
for their
own excuses
of escape

maybe they
don cowboy hats
play poker
and call
each other "Hoss"
as they swill
their Coors beer

but
I really
doubt it