Dogs 2010

BABY SEAL
(6/21/10)


only
eight years
old
both arms
both legs
gone
due to
very preventable
meningitis
contracted
in elementary
school

two
of his
classmates
died

others
recovered
with little
disability

his lower
end
trussed up
in some sort
of contraption
to help
give him
rigidity

one arm
off at elbow
the other
a useless
little flipper
that his mother
will grasp
from time
to time
in encouragement

plastic surgery
has left his face
a crisscrossed
canvas
of red
and purple

they say
that he
still laughs
even making fun
of his condition

but this
day
he's out
in the heat
propped up
in a high chair
a couple
plastic containers
of liquid
resting
upon the tray

people
rushing about him
he leans over
to scratch
a scarred temple
of one
of the bottle
nozzles

he returns
to raised
position
camera catching
his watering eyes
strained
from the effort

what
he needs most
no charitable
benefit
can ever
give him