Dogs 2007

E UNUM PLURIBUS
(1/19/07)


he walked
into the crowded room
alone
but not lonely
listening to them talk
of common purpose
and group unity
but the only
purpose
and unity
that he had ever
known
was himself

he smiled
and shook hands
accepting a hug
here and there
existing
in the middle of them
but not actually
as a part
of them

they all seemed
genuinely pleased
to be together
and
he was
genuinely pleased
not to be in
jail
prison
or an institution
but he could definitely
take or leave
the group dynamic
even though
he knew
that it worked
for whatever
the reason

meeting over
they all went
their separate ways
while he remained
his usual
separate
self

he felt
a fraud
but if he
could fool them
into believing
that he belonged
perhaps one day
he could also
fool himself
into believing
the same