Dogs 2010

COLLATERAL RETREAT
(1/19/10)


sometimes
I just
can't stand it
any more

I'll desert
my desk
walk outside
and mill about
none too sharply
in the parking lots
of the area
office buildings

along
the way
I'll see trash
and assorted refuse
blowing along
or just
laying there

I'll usually
retrieve it
and toss it
in one of the many
surrounding
dumpsters

I like it

nice and simple

it's garbage

it's adrift

pick it up

throw it away

that
I can
handle

inside
there's a customer
from the United
Arab Emirates
waiting for a reply
to her emailed
complaint

down the street
I see more
loose paper

floating

away