Dogs 2010

THE REAL DEAL
(3/30/10)


he
never realized
that sidewalk
had a
smell

it was
rather nice
really

some
combination
of earth
oil
and humanity

the ants
seemed to claim
the terrain
as their
own

he hadn't noticed
that there were
so many
before

they
followed
invisible trails
and were only diverted
by interloping feet
or temporary items
blocking
the way

he was now
their obstacle
but they seemed
unconcerned
antennas raised
they sensed a way
around
continuing
their journey

a few
more intrepid
insects
traversed
his arms
in exploratory moods
before returning
to the task
at hand

he was glad that
it was early Spring
and the sun
shining down
was warming
rather than
roasting

he felt
the rays
on his back
and saw his
low shadow
stretching out
to the edge
of the office
lawn

probably time
for the landscapers
to weed and feed
again
and to replant
the annuals
that bordered
the building

it was
an attractive
complex
really made
for this time
of year

"is he
still alive?"

finally
someone was
there

"I don't
see him breathing
but you had better
call for an ambulance
fast!"

he
was not sure
if he was sucking air
or not
but he was
hearing them
so something
must be keeping
him going

he hoped
that his blood
would not stain
the beautiful
walkway