Dogs 2010

SENTENCE COMMUTED
(9/13/10)


five times
in jail
and two years
of supervised
probation
have left me
with many
"might have been"
scenarios
in my brain

last night
I dreamed
of prison
picturing
the environments
situations
and crowds
that surely
would have
had their way
with me

my final
sleeping images
were of being
held down
by many men
while an inmate
injected
an unknown
liquid
into
my forearm

I awoke
next to my wife
and glanced
at the clock
grateful
that it was
only time
for work

I had
to crawl
for 25 years
out of a depression
of my own design
simply
to appreciate
normal