Dogs 2010

PRIMAL REFLEX
(4/26/10)


at times
some seem
to have no tools
of negotiation
diplomacy
or dialectical
reasoning
to settle
their grievances

they
lash out
with profanity
violence
and weaponry
responding to an anger
that few of us
can see

they may
have sagging
pants
tattoos
and piercings
or expensive
suits
manicures
and cufflinks

male
or female

young
or old

healthy
or infirmed

we
will not know
until
it is too late
to diffuse
the situation

there
will be
a "fuck you"
in our
faces

manic grips
about our
throats

knives
in our ribs
or guns
to our
temples

possibly
cars
crushing
our bones
or planes
crashing into
our buildings

there is
seldom
a defense
for something
so seemingly
out of the
ordinary

they are
forces
of nature
no less than
earthquakes
tornadoes
or tsunamis
and certainly
no more
predictable

we
can only hope
at the moment
of attack
that we can
summon something
within ourselves
to repel
or escape
the danger

we
can only hope
for their insanity
to overtake us
as well
or
for a clarity
of acceptance
that fate
will be
what it may

kill
the fuckers
or trust
in God

maybe
both

the middle
ground
seems to lead
only
to sorrow