Dogs 2010

NEMESIS
(5/4/10)


Don Juan
told Carlos C
that we all
need them
in order
to grow

in that
case
I am indeed
fortunate

I work
for a man
who is my
personal
polar opposite

he is
perpetually late
or missing entirely
where I
am painfully
obsessively
early

he is
sloppy
in appearance
and action
where I
am borderline
anal orderly

he is
a man
of the people
where I
am almost
misanthropic

he ponders
obtusely
in generalities
where I
want to get
quickly
and exactly
to the point

all that
said and done
he is the boss
and no matter
how much
I disagree
with his methods
I am paid
to execute them
to the letter

I have
chosen
to be
here

I have grown
in the eleven
plus years
of our relationship

I have learned
that words
are only weapons
if you allow
them
to be

I have learned
to bob and weave
avoiding
round house
verbal punches
taking none
of them
to heart

I have learned
to note intent
over delivery
and to respond
not to statements
but to their
objectives

I have learned
that at the end
of the day
I can escape
outside
to a canopy
of sky
reminding me
that my office efforts
have neither denigrated
nor exalted me
in the face
of the absolute

I have learned
that I can
go home
and be a better
husband
stepfather
and neighbor

I am grateful
for that man
and his place
in my life
but when
he is gone
I will not
miss him

my teacher
will be
left behind
forever trapped
in the school
of his own
making

and I
will be free
to forget
or remember
what he has
taught