Dogs 2010

CANINE COMMUTE
(3/19/10)


traffic

again

after almost
eleven hours
at the office
I just
wanted
to get
home

the
other drivers
had other
ideas

the woman
in front of me
was juggling
cigarette
cell phone
and steering wheel
handling none
too well

I was about
to lay
on the horn
when a furry face
suddenly stuck out
from an open
rear window
of her car

some
Lab mix
happy as can be
with ears
tail
and tongue
all buffeted
by the breeze

I had
to smile

I was still
only going 30
in a 45
but suddenly
I did not care
anymore

I had
a chance
to get into
the other lane
and move around
her slow ass
but decided
to stay
put

at
the next light
I clicked
my tongue
and the dog
looked back
perked its ears
and wagged
in recognition

my wife
will never
understand
why I am late
this time