Dogs 2010

RECIPROCITY
(11/16/10)


you
demand
it

you
attempt
to extort
it

finally
you plead
for it

but
in the end
you will not
simply choose
to treat anyone
anyplace
or anything
with the respect
that you think
is your due

I love
you

I long
to give you
the benefit
of every dabble
of doubt
that I have

but
you will never
give me
the time
to change
my mind
on my own

demand
extort
plead

perhaps
when you gain
some self respect
everyone else
will grant
you
that privilege
as well

I shall
happily
be
the first