Dogs 2007

SHADOW TO SHADOW
(3/4/07)


the first
sunny weekend
in March
brings out
the horde
with the hope
of Spring
despite
the still cool
temperatures

they are giddy
after a long winter
of feeling trapped
indoors
they smile
and dash about
shopping for summer clothes
making plans
for activities
and diversions
in the warmer weather
of the coming
seasons

for the
first time
since October
I have to continually
look both ways
as I prowl
the city streets
never knowing
when the next
motorist
cyclist
or jogger
will cross
my path

I shall miss
those gray days
of winter solitude
out of doors
alone
having now to travel
primarily in the shade
to keep from colliding
with the celebratory
citizenry

I hopscotch
from shadow
to shadow
perfectly camouflaged
by my darkened
mood of
gloom

they will not
see me again
until the thunderstorms
with their wind and rain
clear out the crowds
temporarily
leaving this
isolated figure
damp and disheveled
to roam the streets
in comfortable
anonymity

I hide only
from humanity
and hail

each
with their own
punishing natures