Dogs 2010

PLACE IN THE SUN
(2/22/10)


he
was tired

turning
a corner
into bright sunlight
he squinted
and covered
his eyes

that
was it

no
further

he
saw a place
on the sidewalk
and simply
sat down
leaned
back
against a wall
and let the rays
on this chilly
winter day
warm
his weakened
soul

in any
other city
someone
might have stopped
to ask
if he was
alright

but this
was NYC
and no one
paid any
notice

eyes
closed
he relaxed
for the first
time
all day
feeling a measure
of peace

he needed
a job
a room
a good meal
but at that point
he seemed
to lack nothing
and felt as if
he had finally
found
a kingdom
for this disenfranchised
king

"excuse me"

he opened
his lids
to a squint
saw the old couple
standing there
and waited

"where
is the nearest
subway stop?"

he pointed
down the street
not really
knowing

"thank you
sir"

they
hobbled off
satisfied

he shut
his eyes
disturbed

fucking
tourists