Dogs 2010

11 DAYS
(1/25/10)


they
told me
how long
that I was
buried

I believed them
but had
no way
of knowing
for sure
after being
trapped there
in the darkness

it seemed
an eternity

flat
on my back
underneath that desk
which had always seemed
a prison to me
when doing
the required
paperwork

it then
became
my sanctuary

I grabbed
whatever was available
to eat and drink
cookies
cola
beer
so pleased
that anything
was at hand
grateful then
that I worked
in a small store
and not at some
non-nutritional
endeavor
of higher ranking

the other
bodily functions
were another
matter
but I tried
to keep their result
as far from me
as possible
as would
any animal
in its cage

my faith
told me
that I
would be rescued
so I made
as much noise
as I could
until the banging
would cause me headaches
and I would have
to rest

at first
I heard others
as well
but as time passed
their efforts
dimmed
then ceased
entirely

I could hear
activity
above me
but how near
or how far
I could not
guess

I would sleep
for short intervals
dreaming
of sunlight
and clean air
instead
of the unnatural night
clinging dust
and decaying odor
of my confinement

finally
the noises
above
grew louder
and I began
to hear
muffled voices

my dry throat
allowed only
a raspy response
but I continued
to bang out
my pleas

then
a small shaft
of light
invaded
my dungeon

shielding
my eyes
I crawled toward
the increasing opening
and helped
to clear it
as I was able

when the hole
was large enough
for passage
I did not wait
for my rescuers
but pulled myself
weakly out
into the sunshine

a miracle!

thank you
God!

they placed me
upon a stretcher
but when
I could focus
I did not recognize
any of the faces
looking down
at me
or understand
their language

then
I heard my name
and saw
my brothers

only then
did I allow myself
to believe
that I was
free

today
I look
about me
and wonder
who will deliver us
from this rubble
of the
daylight
and what noises
we can make
to bring
them to us

I realize that
the true miracle
has yet
to begin