Dogs 2010

UNFINISHED CANVAS
(4/9/10)


a tattoo
totem
elbow
to shoulder
on the upper
left limb

bottommost
is the sun

we are all
made
of star stuff
Dr. Sagan
would say

above that
a snake
eating its own
tail

the endless
cycle
of humanity
society
life

next
a howling
coyote

a mongrel
really
howling
for a way out
of the
circle jerk

baying
at a
thunderbird

the sacred
bearer
of unlimited
happiness

topmost
presently
my wife's name
and the date
of our marriage

substituting
an Earthly ideal
for everlasting
enlightenment?

maybe

one day
when I am wiser
I will know
what imagery
will grace
the place
where humerus
meets scapula

maybe not

perhaps
that art
is better left
for a
tombstone