Dogs 2010

FIRE WATCHER
(12/1/10)


I see
them suffer
and die
due to accidents
disease
and natural
disasters
every
day

I am
glad
that I am not
one
of them

most
have put themselves
in harm's way
due to occupational
recreational
and lifestyle
choices

they
may not
deserve all
of their consequences
but they did
choose
their predicaments

I am
glad
that I am not
one
of them

a few
of course
have had
little say
since birth
in their environmental
institutional
and social
situations

they depend
primarily
upon
the whims
of Fate
for their
continuing
circumstances

I am
very glad
that I am not
one
of them

I look
upon
these beleaguered
victims
as statistics
calculating
a better today
for me

I warm
myself
by the flames
of their
misfortunate