Dogs 2010

DIORAMA
(12/1/10)


madness

stepping out
on this windless
winter like
day

I see
no birds
no people
no moving
vehicles

no movement
of any kind

there
is nothing
to interrupt
this urban still
framed
by the
inspection
of my incredulity

I rock
on my
right foot
to see the perspective
of distance
play its
tricks

I roll back
to my left
to see the
opposite
shift
near
to far

finally
I bend down
to pick up
a handful
of dead leaves
and then
let them
flutter down
in front
of my face
for just
a bit
of kinetic
sanity

all
too soon
the stillness
returns

after
I turn
to return
to the building
a school bus
rambles past
behind me

I see
mobile yellow
reflected
in the door's
plate glass

I go
inside
wondering
if any of it
is real