Dogs 2010

LA ENFERMITA
(6/23/10)


17
and absolutely
miserable

smiling
laughing
then crying
moaning

all
in the span
of a few
minutes

her
only measure
of comfort
is the mass
hysteria
that she causes
about her

they see
her pretty face
lined
in tears
and scramble
about
in efforts
to comfort
the ailing
one

"¡pobrecita!"

they say

"what
can we do
for you?"

nothing
that they do
will matter

her cycles
of happiness
and sadness
will continue
regardless
their actions

in fact
their ministrations
only validate
those mad
extremes

her only
consolation
is the degree
to which
she can disrupt
the lives
of those
about her

she wails
anew
as friends
and family
rush about
trying to sate
her emotional
and material
needs

"¡qué lástima!"

they lament

she wipes
her eyes
and glows
in the power
that she
holds
over
them