Dogs 2010

LOAD NEVER LESSENED
(4/21/10)


first
he carries
her
to neighborhood
doorsteps
homes
of her friends
and nearby
stores

then
he carries
her
to the police

next
he carries
her
to the newspapers
radio
and TV
stations

he carries
her
from window
to window
bulletin board
to bulletin board
and telephone pole
to telephone
pole

finally
he carries
her
to a milk
carton
then home
where he
breaks down
from lack
of hope

still
he carries
her
every day
everywhere
that he
goes

he tried
to carry her
to a grave
but she
did not
stay

he tries
to lay her
down
as he goes
to sleep
at night

but even
in his dreams
he looks
into his arms
and his daughter
forever 14
is always
there