Dogs 2010

SHATTERED SKY
(7/20/10)


if space
is our future
then Earth
must be
our quickly
coming
past

we treat it
as would
itinerant tenants
staining floors
punching holes
in neglected walls
crippling fixtures
and appliances

vandals
who move
in the night
without a thought
of the damage
left behind

we look
toward the heavens
for deliverance
from our decisions
dilapidations
and man-made
disasters

but
as we stare
skyward
the fragments
of our neglect
fall away
and all
that remains
is a background
of black

finally
we realize
that the cosmic
canopy
is not
a window
but a mirror

we are
going
nowhere