Dogs 2010

BRAKES AND WILDLIFE
(11/1/10)


it
had been
over three hours
since I'd dropped
the car
at a neighborhood
garage
in order to have
a reverse switch
switched out
so that everyone
could be well
alerted
when I was
backing
up

I had
bought
the part
and attempted
the installation myself
but while I could
get a wrench
on it
I had no leverage
to turn
the damned thing
from the low angle
of attack
provided
by the tire jack
alone

frustrating

now
the experts
who had said
that it would take
an hour
at the most
still hadn't called
to have me
retrieve
the finished
project

frustrating
again

I have
too much
to do
today

I call
and am told
that my car
is ready
but a disturbance
in the office
had prevented
timely notification
of its
completion

fine
I say
I'll walk over
and get it

I enter
the office
credit card
in hand
focused
upon the manager
and a bit impatient
to have the transaction
complete

"so what
was your big
disturbance?"

I ask

he points
to the corner
of the waiting area
where a young
red-tailed hawk
is perched
on the magazine rack
surveying the room
for rodents
and such
I guess

being
non-rodent
life forms
it seems
to take
no notice
of we cohabitating
humans

we
are not
a large city
but with well over
a half a million
metropolitan
residents
we are not
accustomed
to some of the
finer offerings
of Mother
Nature

apparently
after several
futile attempts
to encourage
the bird
to fly out
of the propped
open door
a local
feathered friend
rescue organization
was called
to collect
the animal

for
the time
being
we all exist
in an unexpected
wondrous disruption
of routine

the hawk
is beautiful
and seems undisturbed
by its temporary
predicament

the manager
clears his throat
and I return
from my reverie
to provide
the proper payment
information
collect
the paperwork
and car key

still
I stand
staring
at the avian
vagrant
in reverent
awe

it seems
in control
of the situation
even in
dislocation

finally
I say
my goodbye
and exit
to the parking lot
where I notice
a small crowd
of customers
milling about
apparently reticent
to wait within
the impromptu
aviary

I open
the car door
but before leaving
scan the sky
for any additional
roving
raptors

it is
the first time
all day
that I really
notice
the sunshine