Dogs 2008

RESOLUTION
(1/1/08)


I resolve
to stop lying
for the sake
of societal
relations

fuck them
if they can't
take
the truth

I resolve
to follow
my instincts

rest when tired
eat when hungry
keep my mouth shut
when I have
nothing
to say
and to stay
away from people
when I'd really
rather
be alone

I resolve
to continue
stretching
and straining
my aging body
even though the results
are known
only
to me

I resolve
to feel no guilt
for my lack of success
in all the games
created
by fools

fame
status
power
family
wealth
victory
salvation
redemption
deliverance
possessions
relationships
are all merely
transitory goals
for the frightened
and self satisfied

I resolve
to accept
all languages
as my own
and my lack
of understanding them
as ignorance

I resolve
to touch
all people
and to know
all places
by standing firmly
in the here
and now
of reality
feeling
my part
in the totality
of existence

I resolve
to write less
reflect less
think less
link less
and
to live more
breathe more
act more
react more

I resolve
to suitably mark
the patch of ground
where my
mother's ashes
mix
with the firmament

not
to glorify
a humble soul
beyond her
nature

but as a
reminder
that my journey
is nowhere
near
complete

a steady
signpost
for my weak
and
wavering
resolve