Dogs 2010

PLASTIGLYPHICS
(9/17/10)


opening
the mouthwash
this morning
I notice two
tiny
molded fingers
on the cap
just above the places
where I am supposed
to press
then turn
to open

on the top
there is even
an arrowed semicircle
telling me
in which direction
to turn

I remember
when we had
words
to tell us
these things
but that
was before
we became so
politically correct
having to ensure
that even extraterrestrials
without vocabularies
could have
fresh breath
as well

I feel
somehow
that these symbols
are a step
backward
although I'm sure
that the ancient
Egyptians
would think
that they surely
had it right
all along

there
should be
some Esperanto
for toiletries
traffic signs
and the other
essentials
of life

simple words
universally understood
to convey
stink
stop
and stupid
fucking
asshole

I tire
of the international
language
of bullets
bombs
and torture

although
shooting someone
with halitosis
certainly seems
a sensible
option

kompreni?