Dogs 2007

VACANCY
(7/21/07)


it's night
and I'm at home
alone
as per
usual

I'm in
the den
at the back
of the house
a low watt lamp
the only bulb lit
in the 1,550
square feet

I've lived
in this house
for over four years
and need little
illumination
to find
my way

just
a bare minimum
to read
by

from the street
the dwelling appears
to contain
only darkness
a yard light
merely enhances
the contrasting
black emptiness
beyond

my truck
garaged
the property
looks quite
deserted

no invitations
are being
offered

on those
occasional evenings
when I am
away
I'll turn on
a lamp
in the front
living room
as if to advertise
the fact
that I'm gone

whether
or not
the lights
are on

nobody's
ever
home