Dogs 2010

OUT WITH THE OLD
(12/30/10)


they wait

each day

each night

they wait
for circumstances
to be exactly
right

at least
in their
self esteemed
estimations

then
they say
they will act
they will focus
they will excel

they are not
quite sure
for what
they are waiting
but they will
certainly know
when the time
arrives

it definitely
is not
today

the mood
is not
quite
conducive
to success

meanwhile
others endure
correct
overlook
their listless
fractional efforts
and make allowances
for their unfair
allotment
of air

their mere
breathing
seems
an affront
to the
industrious

they are given
love
gifts
trade
raises
bonuses
vacations
privileges
friendship
second chances
every consideration
deemed necessary
to make them
a valued
member
of the team
family
or society

they wipe
their fat butts
with the offered
benefits
of doubt

they sully
all encouragements
upon their behalf
with the vile
brown
of their being

we then
threaten
to divorce them
to fire them
to take
our business
elsewhere
to toss them
out
of our lives

still
they do not
divine the present
to be the time
in which
to assert themselves
with even
a minor amount
of their souls

one day
they will
be old
bitter
left behind
but still betting
upon that next
letter
phone call
knock
on the door
to make it
all right

to make
it all
now

the only
knock
will be
the closing
of the coffin
door

a
wakeup call
for those
who never
lived