Dogs 2010

RUST ALWAYS SEEPS
(8/19/10)


my wife
held them
in front
of me

three
light colored
t-shirts

my
walking
clothes

the
upper back
and front
of each
had budding
reddish brown
stains

"are you
rusting?"

she asked
with a
smile

I have
sweated
copiously
throughout
our summer strolls
but such
a resultant
hue
was puzzling

I had
expected
many signs
and wonders
when I finally
turned 50

coloring
of metallic
decomposition
was not
one
of them

now
when I undress
I check
for other
indications

rot
dust
mold
decay
mildew
patinas
ossification
petrified extremities
or just
plain
wear
and tear

advancing
grizzle
notwithstanding
I exhibit
no other
elemental ruin

perhaps
I should stay
indoors
and nurture
the gray

spray
myself
with WD-40
and hope
for the
best