Dogs 2010

DAY OF THE DEAD
(11/1/10)


it's
a sunny
seasonably
warm day
in the middle
of the afternoon

I'm stretching
my legs
in the parking lot
outside of
our office
building

I see
her there
at the next
building
down
the street

long
scraggly hair
painfully
thin
loose
drab clothing

she is
staring
straight
at me

I quickly
very obviously
look off
into the sky
and then
it comes

an inhuman
screeching
from the middle
of my brain
accompanied
by pain
concise
and exacting

I miss
a step
put my hands
to my ears
and buckle
a bit
at the knees

then
it stops

my vision
slowly clears
through tear
welled eyes
and the woman
is right
in front
of me

when
she senses
my comprehension
she smiles
and disturbs
her countenance
even more
baring yellowed
pointed teeth
and exhaling
a foul stench
of a breath

I recoil
convulsively
stumbling
backward

the smile
disappears

the discordance
and discomfort
begin again
between my ears
and this time
I am brought
to my knees

as before
it quickly
disappears
and as
my sight returns
I see that
the woman
is gone
as well

a bit
of her smell
is all
that remains

a blaring
truck horn
behind me
causes me
to shit
just a bit
in my boxers

UPS
   Big Brown
coming
through

now I
carry
an odor
as well

Día de los Muertos

¡chinga!