Dogs 2007

DEAR BUT NOT NEAR
(10/15/07)


family
and friends
all far afield
but not
forgotten

I enjoy
them all
through
cards
letters
emails
pictures
pixelations
phone calls
and other such
long distance
paraphernalia

on very
rare occasions
there are
corporeal visits
flesh is pressed
words and gestures
misplaced
mistranslated
misunderstood
then we part
perplexed
wondering where
the relative connection
has been
mislaid

the blame
is mine
for while
I love them all
in my own strange
telepathic way
their warmth
is lost on me
and only the cold
accumulation
of miles
connects me
again
to kith
and kin

I am happy
always
to see them
but feel
so much closer
to each one
when they
have gone

please
go away
now

I miss you