Dogs 2010

THREE DECADES DISTANT
(10/5/10)


he's hurting

he can't
hide it

he wants
help

I want
to help him

there's only
three feet
of space
between us

but the words
are garbled
by 30 years
of separation

I'm not
so old
that I don't
remember
being 21

not so old
that I don't
remember
how old 51
seemed
at the time

but
he's young
he's in love
so he thinks
that I can't
relate

he nods
his head
and agrees
with my advice
but I can see
that he will neither
heed my warnings
nor recommendations

I would
like
to save him
some pain

some time

some heartache

but his hurt
can only
be self healed

I tell him
that
and he looks
more lost
than ever

I get up
give him a hug
and leave him
alone
to his own
solution

may it
come
quickly