Dogs 2010

GARBAGE
(8/13/10)


even though
she had stiffened
and the blood
had dried
her body
was still
difficult
to move

I finally
wedged my hands
under her cold arms
and dragged her
on her heels
to the back
entrance

I stood her
against
the stove
then propped open
the screen and
outer doors

I guided her
down the steps
through the backyard
out the gate
and down
the driveway

I tried
to lean her
upright
against the trashcan
but it did not
contain
enough bulk
to support
her dead weight

finally
I settled
upon laying her
lengthwise
in the gutter

it was
curbside
service
after all

she had
treated
her life
like trash
now I was
sending her
home

suicides
bore me