Dogs 2010

UNCIVIL LIVABILITY
(10/25/10)


"I have to

it's expected"

I see no
gun
to your head
knife
to your throat
bomb
beneath
your feet

I see no
loved ones
or even
passing acquaintances
in any danger
due your
decision

no laws
will be broken
no moral turpitude
will be
committed

possibly
you
would be
the only imagined
unduly injured party
if you were to
simply let
the occasion
pass
without action

it all
comes
down
to some stuckness
in that morass
of manners
to which
you have
succumbed
throughout
the years

there's what's
proper

there's what's
right

one
is not
as important
as the
other

"others
may think
badly
of me"

others
will always
think badly
of you

that's why
they are
others

otherwise
they would
be us

and we
wouldn't
care

"what
would I
tell them?"

nothing

everything

either way
the path
will be cleared
of such
social debris

omit
one gift
one card
one greeting
and tons
of onerous
burdens of banality
may be lifted
as easily
as a shovelful
of shit

forget
about it

walk on
without
worry

we have
quite
some distance
to go