Dogs 2007

JUST SAY THE WORDS
(2/25/07)


thank God
that words
are not holy
in and of themselves
they are but simple
and expedient means
born of necessity
and commonality

they are
construction tools
which can be used
to erect awesome
monuments
churches
and buildings
of commerce
but can also
be used
to construct
outhouses
abattoirs
and billboards

at times
a lean-to
is built
where a mansion
was intended
but function
is served
nonetheless

the tools
are the
same

the words
go
down
on paper
with the best of motives
and aspirations
but more often
than not
fall short
of their goal
leaving the writer
unsatisfied and
incomplete

pity
the poor wretch
who thinks
that they have
expressed
their thoughts
perfectly

creation
is then
at an end

mistakes
are often
the greatest vehicle
for compiling
the most laudatory
of treatises

but unless
those meandrous
miscreants
are first committed
to the light of day
from the darkness
of the mind
they have
no chance
at rehabilitation
or reform

the most
recalcitrant of sinners
often become
the most
devout
of believers
because having seen
the chaos of Hell
they are now grateful
for the grace
of order placed
before them

however
they never
would have gained
that opportunity
unless someone had first
taken the chance
to write them
down
for all to see

in the sunlight
they are able
to achieve
their penultimate
potential

let them
loose
upon us