Dogs 2010

CONTRACT
(6/26/10)


we are
an agreement
and a handshake
sorta folk
but
the time
eventually comes
when the stink
of parchment
is placed
in front
of us
and we
must relent
in order
to do
business

the latest
was 18 pages
of hyperbolic
nonsense
to the worst
degree

typos
disparities
obfuscations
misstatements
disagreements
throughout

in frustration
I walked
down
the
hall
to our
lawyer

even he
shook
his head
after reading
that legalese
clusterfuck

"I've never
seen anything
like it"

and
this guy's
older
than me

"do you
trust them?"

he asked

I shrugged
a diffident
posture
of resignation

"who
the hell
knows?"

he laughed

"meet with them
face to face
and if you
like them
sign it
and don't
worry"

all that anguish
simply to get back
to an agreement
and a handshake

and a fervent
hope
that nothing
goes wrong

what bullshit

in the end
I sat across
a table
from a man
much like myself
shaking his head
at the same items
of my concern

"it's what
legal
insists
that we do

don't sweat it
I'll make
it right
regardless"

we shook
hands

Clarence Darrow
be damned