Dogs 2010

PAT THE OBSCURE
(12/28/10)


we lie
in bed
side by side
reading
the end
of the day
away

the latest
James Patterson
for her

Thomas Hardy
for me

she wonders
at the relevance
of reading material
more than a
century
old

she says
this
as she rotates
Shape
Fitness
and Runners' World
magazines
with her
book of the month
choices

I cannot
explain

the habitual
hobbling
of human
frailties
follows us
throughout
the centuries

the millennia

Shakespeare
The Cloud of Unknowing
Meister Eckhart
The Koran
Catullus
Ecclesiastes

not the
sunniest
sources
of historical
content

possibly
not the most
superficially relevant
to modern
day

but
probably among
the truest tales
of mankind
extant

they tell
me
of myself

they tell
me
of you

from across
the ages

then
now
forever

I blow
the dust
from another
page

I smile
as if
I know
something