Dogs 2010

SOMETHING DEAD
(2/16/10)


we grew up
on the southern plains
of West Texas
driving
the long roads
between small towns
that seemed at odds
with each other
like family members
after a drunken
reunion
still connected
but staying at
a maximum
distance
from
one another

we mainly
drank beer
listened
to heavy metal music
and made up games
to pass the endless hours
of traveling
from one point
to another

one contest involved
spotting an object
ahead
in the road
and trying
to be the first
to identify roadkill
as opposed
to extant wildlife
automobile debris
or just
plain
garbage

points
were added
or subtracted
based upon the validity
of the initial
presumption
of carcass
but nobody
ever remembered
the final
score

these days
I see objects
on life's highway
and am less sure
about their
status

even
moving
speaking things
seem to be
less
than living
and little more
than trash

I imagine
that I am also
included in the rulings
of other judges
and wonder
in which category
they place
my faltering
form

I only hope
that someone
is losing
rather than gaining
a point