Dogs 2007

ROUTINE
(4/14/07)


he awoke
with a start
and looked
at the clock

5:26am

his alarm
was set
for 6
as it was
every day

he thought
his chances slim
of falling back
to sleep
and considered
for the first time
in several years
breaking tradition
and getting
an early start
to his day

decision made
he turned off
the alarm
got up
showered
dressed
left the house
and got into
his car

5:52am

he had time
to actually stop
somewhere
for breakfast
instead of the usual
coffee
and vending machine
muffin
at work

surprisingly
not feeling
out of kilter
sans schedule
he actually felt
a newness
of life

maybe all
of those former
girlfriends
had been right
and he did
need a
change

driving through
a major intersection
he glanced to the side
looking for an
open diner
and didn't see
the stopped trash truck
in the road ahead

he smashed into
the heavy metal
of the compactor
doing 40
collapsing
the front end
of his vehicle
and crushing
the steering wheel
into his chest

as he
exhaled/gurgled
his last
he saw
the dashboard clock
miraculously
still glowing

6:00am

he awoke
with a start
and looked
at the clock