Dogs 2010

ASCENT
(4/20/10)


the
sheer face
rose
impossibly steep
from the surrounding
plain

there was
nothing
to do
but begin
leg by leg
grip by grip
onwards and upwards
for the payoff
at and over
the top

the journey
straight up
was routine
altered only
by a few
rough spots
protruding
here and
there

at
the crest
an overhang
loomed

the secret
was to keep
moving

up
upside-down
down
upside-down again
up again
then finally
to the rim
defining
the fertile
valley

as far
as could
be seen
riches
for the taking
and although some
were already there
there was plenty
for everyone

now
finally
the descent
into that lush
repository
of wealth

"honey?!

the damned ants
are in the trash
again!"

he
pulled
on his shoes
and started
for the kitchen

"I'll
take out
the bag
and you
spray
the can"

he hoped
that the rain
and the insects
would both
stop soon

he hated
Spring