Dogs 2010

STEEP ASCENT
(4/6/10)


trudging
up the hill
he was
breathing
a bit heavier
than expected

at 50
he still considered
himself fit
but the incline
was quickly
becoming
his decline

a car
slowed
in passing
and a friendly
young
female face
popped out of
the window

"want a ride
to the top?"

"sure
why not"

his wife
wouldn't approve
but his wife
wasn't climbing
that bitch

he jumped in
the passenger side
trying
to breathe normally
and hoping
that his face
wasn't too
flush

"where
you headed?"

"just up the hill
for a few things
at the convenience
store"

she
wasn't beautiful
but she sure
was healthy
and her glow
made him feel
that much older

in the
parking lot
he asked
if he could
get her
a cold drink

"a six pack
of beer
would be nice
if you
would help me
drink it!"

he went in
got the beer
came out
jumped back
in the car
and chanced
placing a sweaty palm
on a her
tanned leg

she smiled
pulled away
and turned up
the music
as the sun
shone in
and he closed
his eyes
enjoying
that wondrous
moment

"die
you old fucker!"

he opened
his eyes
as he laid
on the sidewalk
heart pounding
sweating
profusely

the loud
heavy metal
trailed off
up the hill
with
their laughter

he hoped
that his wife
would come looking
for him
when he
didn't' show