Dogs 2010

PAYDAY
(4/16/10)


strange
to arrive
at a time
when a paycheck
means
very little

every
dollar
already allotted
the possibilities
and mystery
are gone

there
were days
when caution
was discounted
and a handful
of currency
opened
hedonistic vistas
to a horizon
free
of fiduciary
fear

the
next day
those nagging bills
would be reckoned
but for the time
at hand
the drinks
would flow
and all inhibitions
were put
on hold

that rationale
wreaked no
long term havoc
but the temporary
embarrassments
abounded

today
I will drive
to the bank
deposit
my wages
and let the institutions
draw what they may
going home
to a night
like most
others

or maybe
I will cash
the check
take my wife
to the airport
and select
a destination
foreign
and fantastic
dealing with debts
and responsibilities
upon our return
in whatever
fashion feasible

unfortunately
the yard
needs mowing
the house
needs cleaning
and the machine
that grinds
our lives
needs feeding

maybe
we will watch
the Discovery
Channel
instead