Dogs 2007

DELINQUENTS
(1/4/07)


when
I was a teenager
just in high school
but not yet driving
there were
younger kids
in the neighborhood
who loved to play
with new-found
vocabularies
and would taunt us
from a safe distance
to see how far
they could
push it

"pussies!"

"dickheads!"

"cocksuckers!"

nothing new
there
but when we
were that age
I don't remember
asking for an
ass-whipping
on such a regular
basis

some
we merely
verbally threatened
some required
a bit of minor
physical coercion
a twisted arm
or headlock
but there was one
who no amount
of discomfort
would convince him
to relent
long term

he would cry
and deny
saying that
he was sorry
and would never
do it again
however
once released
only 10 feet away
he would begin
the abuse
anew

we were
in unknown territory
we couldn't
beat the crap
out of the little shit
as we would our peers
without getting
into serious
trouble
but he
just
wouldn't
stop

soon
we had
driver's licenses
our tickets to ride
and spent little time
in the old neighborhood
never thinking about
our little tormentor
again

I still
don't know
what became
of him

ideas
are a lot
like those
little kids
annoying
pestering
sometimes pissing
me off immensely

some
simply need
to be acknowledged
evaluated
and stored
away

some
are more persistent
requiring a bit
of mental anguish
and finally
relegation
to paper
before they
are convinced
to cease
and desist

but one
thought
is always there
I reason
I rationalize
I write myself
in circles
around it
but still
it hangs there
in my brain
irritating me
to exhaustion

and
there is no
driving away
from that