Dogs 2007

A PEOPLE THING
(1/15/07)


I see you
in the streets
talk to you
on the phone
email you
over the net
and start
the Pat movie
play the Pat tape
copy/paste
the Pat file
based upon
my anticipation
of your expectation
of the Pat
presentation

it varies
from day to day
station to station
home
work
recovery
or chance meetings
in those casual
places
of commerce

some
(me included)
would tag such behavior
as phony
trite
and contrived
but I have been
in your doghouses
outhouses
and jails
for being honest
and unabashed
so could call you
and your overreactions
just a tad
hypercritical
to say the least
hoping to maintain
some semblance
of political
and social
correctness

it would take
only a few such
comments as

"get the Hell
out of my
face"

"if you expect me
to believe that
one of us
must
be stupid"

"I hear you
but I really
don't
care"

"just do
your fucking job
and save me
the story"

or simply
my typical
stone silence
to convince you
that my recorded
messages
may be preferable to any of my
off the cuff
remarks
or lack
thereof

a try
to get along
may be a lie
to some
but it gets
us all through
another
day

thankfully
I have one venue
in which to vent
without fear
of recrimination
or condemnation

of course
I haven't pushed
this opportunity
to anywhere near
my potential
for the absurd

many times bitten
I am still wary
of the fangs
in front of
each new
wagging tail