Dogs 2010

OFF THE RACK
(10/6/10)


he walked
through life
a little loose

a little wrinkled

the day
after day
of the ordinary
just didn't seem
to fit him
too well

his efforts
to appear
properly clothed
with normality
were obviously
lacking

he
made do
with readily
available perceptions
that enabled him
to skirt
the perimeter
of acceptability
without actually
belonging

from
a distance
he appeared
somewhat typical
in appearance
to the point
that he wouldn't
be noticed
at all

on closer
disdain
however
there was
little doubt
that he was
ill attired
for society

he was
dismissed
almost entirely
as an active
participant
in human discourse
relegated instead
to the hinterlands
of the citizenry

he tucked
his half size
too large shirt
into the waistline
of his sagging
pants
and recinched
the belt
that held
the whole
perceived
personal disaster
in place

foot
slipping
from shoe
with every step
he kept
moving
away

strangely
smiling