Dogs 2010

EYE OF THE SLOTH
(4/13/10)


I awoke
asleep
yesterday

I stumbled
about
in a resistant
haze
as if submerged
in hand
sanitizer

not a minute
passed by
that I did not
desire
to collapse
somewhere
anywhere
for a nap

the most
minor
of activities
took overbearing
effort
just
to maintain
some minimal
semblance
of life

at the end
of the day
finally
back in bed
I found it difficult
to simply
summon the strength
required
to extinguish
the lamp

today
normality
has returned
and I am left
with the fallout
of my feeble
former self

I am grateful
for the renewed
energy
with which
to dispatch
my mess
of the previous
day

all too
soon
I know
there will be
no bouncing back
decreasing days
dragging by
to a dismal
end

but
this morning
the coffee
churns
through my system
and my hands float
deftly
in front of me
easily accomplishing
tasks
both current
and past due

I only hope
that whomever
one day handles
my remains
will feel
as well