Dogs 2010

PERPETUAL VICTIMS
(6/29/10)


they are
misery
sponges
who seem
to soak up
every available
tragedy

I wouldn't say
that they enjoy
the continual accidents
torments
diseases
dilemmas
and death
but after
years of distress
they seem to know
no alternative
lifestyle
and seem
to relish
the melodrama

they
are usually
feelings folks
emotionally fragile
and over-nurturing
to the extreme

what ordeals
that do not
befall
them directly
they are able
to enable
through others

for all
the calamities
that they endure
and support
they do not draw
even one ounce
of additional strength
or insight
from the suffering
becoming
that much more
susceptible
to future
attacks of fate

they cry
they moan
they pray
for deliverance
but they do not
change
one fucking thing
that has led them
down their paths
of perdition

I will
feel sorry
for anyone

once

but those
who continually fail
bodily
legally
socially
or spiritually
should be avoided
like leprosy
since
one touch
may transfer
the decay

I know
that when I
was at my worst
no sympathy
in the world
would have helped
my situation

I needed
to make
a decision

until
I did so
no real change
was possible

I had
to be
born again
real

when
the same people
appear at our doorsteps
on our phones
or in our inboxes
again and again
bemoaning each
and every
new malady
our reactions
understandably
pale

they
are out there
and they
shall remain so
with or without
our assistance

recognizing them
is a true virtue

rejecting them
the best defense

we can't reward
the weakness

cold
detached
heartless

maybe

necessary
no doubt

the healthiest
people
I know
are that way
for a reason