Dogs 2010

SOLO HOUR
(4/8/10)


it starts
at 6:30am
or a little
after

I kiss
my wife
goodbye
and head
to the
garage

for the
first time
in 23 hours
I am
alone

strange
since I had
30 years
of adult solitude
before
all of this

I drive
to work
radio not
too loud
content
not
too stupid
route
just right
for the occasion

15 minutes
later
I unlock
the office
disarm
the alarm
and turn on
the lights

it's beautiful
really
all this overhead
at my disposal

a temporary
business
at one

then
the computers
utilities
backups
routine database
maintenance
making sure
all is ready
for another shift
of the gabbling
hoard

all
the while
hardradio.com
blaring away
over tiny speakers
offending no one
only serving
to relax
and ease
me into
the day

next
the daily report
a way to show
the owner
what was done
the day
before
an accounting
of activity
for dollars
earned
and dollars
spent

then
the email
international first
reaching across
the busy world
east to west
some already
long
into their
workdays
attempting to fill
their spaces
of informational
emptiness
answering them
before their
days
are done

finally
it's breakfast
some green
smoothie
or green tea
and home made
banana bread
on better
days

as I wipe
the last
of the residue
from my mouth
I hear
the jingling
keys
of the first
arrival

"Good morning!"

they say
as I turn
the music
down

it had been
up to
then