Dogs 2010

INSECTION
(4/10/10)


in
the bad
old days
I lived downtown
barely
in an old hotel
my only friends
the roaches

we had
an agreement

do not crawl
on me
my food
my clothes
and we shall
coexist

through precaution
only few punishments
were purveyed

later
delivered
from alcoholic despair
and dwellings
my first house
was still inhabited
by previous
owners

brown recluses

I brought out
the cockroach
memorandum
made the necessary
addendums
but my new
acquaintances
would not
adhere
to code

they were
evicted

now
an ant
crawls
my wife's leg
and she utters
her disgust
before dispatching
the trespasser

she wants me
to be concerned
but by comparison
I can no longer
put pen
to paper

I defer
to outside
counsel