Dogs 2008

SWINGING SINGLE
(2/20/08)


a
self-labeled
loner
I still
experience
an occasional lust
for human touch
beyond
a handshake
or pat
on the back

being
an alcoholic
felon
with herpes
and a strange
complexion
I always wonder
in which direction
to wander
in search
of companionship

this reflection
is usually
all that I need
to snap me back
to a solitary
mindset

it's too
damn depressing
to even think
about beginning
again

still
at times
desperation
drives me

the herpes
hurdle
seemingly
the highest
and the internet route
the least intrusive
I usually
search the web
for a little dating
of the sexually
diseased

not
too appealing
once down
in print
is it?

my last effort
settled on a site
I had never seen
before
it was free
and looked new
paradoxically fresh
so I set to keying
yet another profile
considering whether
or not
to select dumbass
as my screen
name

come on
just get through it
say what needs
to be said
and launch
your raunchy
love rocket
to see
what alien being
intercepts your satellite
of desperate
despair

likes
dislikes
descriptions
all logged
and picture
uploaded
I set
to searching
the hundreds
of available
woman as
unclean
as I

that's odd
not even one
in my home
state

OK
a few
in the bordering
areas
but none
near
the borders

hmmm

many miles
seemed to
separate me
from any possible
partnership

taking
another tack
I thought of trying
some long distance
communication
shoring up
my conversation skills
until someone
in my area code
arrived

I clicked
the button
to display
all accounts
currently
online

of all
the hundreds
of men
and women listed
there was only one
active member

yep

dumbass

maybe
an equal number
of opposite sexes
had all been matched
prior
to my
arrival

the world
was at the end
of my callouse
fingers
but apparently
my hands
should be put
to better use

my monitor
has become
a mirror
most accurate
when dark