Dogs 2007

ADRIFT IN THE MELTING POT
(6/9/07)


Brother Bollocks
enters
the Mexican restaurant
and sees
that all of the signs
and menus
are in
Spanish

he smiles

the waitress
approaches him
and asks
en espaņol
what
he would like
to order
that evening

he points
to an entry
on the menu
folds it
then hands it
to her

after
his dinner
Brother Bollocks
walks
down the street
and enters
the German bookstore
where all products
are in another
language
which he doesn't
understand

he smiles

he finds
a DVD
that appears
interesting
takes it
to the cash register
nods and winks
when asked
by the man
auf den Deutsch
how his night
was going

one
last stop
for Brother Bollocks
at the Japanese market
for the next
day's food
each item
described by
one or two
mystical characters
floating above

he smiles

he knows that
they are just
fish
rice
and cucumbers
he fills a basket
pays the woman
at the counter
nodding
at the receipt
of change
and another
indecipherable
pleasantry

he returns
home
stores his goods
places the DVD
in the machine
and
when prompted
selects not
to display
English subtitles

he smiles

he is a man
swimming
in many languages
yet troubled
by none