Dogs 2010

REDUCTION IN PERSPECTIVE (RIP)
(2/26/10)


sickness
has a way
of forcing focus
upon the most
elementary
of needs
and desires

to bathe
get dressed
drive to work
perform the basics
drive home
barely eat
and finally
sleep
all become
valiant victories
instead of the
afterthoughts
of healthier
times

necessities
transform to niceties
and the luxuries
of life
without which
we seemed
so miserable
become
the superfluous
nonsense
of their true
nature

warmth
comfort
and love
are paramount
when the head
lungs
and limbs
are spent
in resistance
to illness

the same
must be true
of dying

the manias
of today
melting away
to a final
tenuous
handhold
of humanity

one
last link
to the living
before
the darkness
falls