Dogs 2010

PEDESTRIAN PENTECOST
(4/14/10)


released
from a cross
of shovel and rake
he carries evidence
of recent domestic
punishment

misplaced stigmata
migrated to thumbs
display the result
of his minor
suffering

they look
at him
amazed
disbelieving
manual labor
had ever taxed
those smooth
palms

he again
shows them
his wounds
and smiles
at their
incredulity

born again
of blisters
he walks
away