Dogs 2010

CRATER FROM A MOLEHILL
(9/17/10)


standing
in front
of the bathroom mirror
brushing my teeth
this morning
I see a harmless
looking
bump
on my chin

it doesn't
belong there

I continue
brushing
considering
the protuberance

it's a zit
of course

I don't
like it

I rinse
I spit
then fingers
to face
I address
the intruder

I am 50
years old

I should know
better

but then
I should not
be getting pimples
at this age

squeezing
produces
just a tiny
white emission

hardly
satisfying

I readjust
the angle
of attack
and dig in
with finger nails
this time

hard nuggets
of puss
and finally
some blood

I feel
my grip
give a bit
and see
that I've gone
through skin

just a layer
or two

more blood

what began
as a barely noticeable
bump of flesh
is now an angry
red hole
in my face

as I said
I should know
better
by now

I shave
shower
dry
deodorize
comb
then return
to the bedroom

"what
have you done
to your face?"

my wife asks

"it's what
my face
has done
to me"

I tell her

I open
the underwear
drawer

I could use
some new
boxers