Dogs 2007

ANAL RESENTIVE
(12/19/07)


for worshippers
of routine
and order
there is no better
rectal reminder
of reality
than a power
outage

for a week

dealing
with darkness
and cold
at home
and office
conducting life
and business
by candlelight
flashlight
or whatever
ambient daylight
which may wander
across our paths

sleeping
in strange beds
with stranger people
making whatever
necessary concessions
to acquire any
available heat
during the cold
December nights

feeling our way
about unfamiliar
terrain
doubly clothed
to provide warmth
and welcomed padding
to cushion
habitual bumps
into the frigid
unknown

mechanically turning on and off
light switches
upon entering
and leaving
unlit rooms
like old-coded robots
repeatedly following
their obsolete
programs

appearance
no longer matters
as mirrors cannot laugh
at rumpled clothes
tousled hair
sleep creases
or matted eyes
all of which
now suffice
in even the most
proper and respectable
of environments

we have
no power
you see

so
fuck off
any of you
electrically complacent
with your pressed outfits
and blow dried 'dos
well rested attitudes
and uninterrupted
schedules

go ahead
and shine
your Christmas displays
to ridicule the position
of those of us
without illumination

when power
is restored
and plans again
possible
firmly footed
in our frantic
phobic existence
we shall know
that alarm clocks
computers
televisions
and traffic signals
are lies
and shall only
feel comfortable
with those
of our kind

those
who also carry
the darkness
in their eyes
like blackened
reservoirs of gold
waiting for the next
recession of light

we shall
recognize
the glowing void
in each other
forever accepting
the deception