Dogs 2010

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light greens
to dark

yellows
reds
pinks
purples
grays
white
then varying shades
of blue

certainly
a plentiful palette
of atmospheric
artistry
rolling over
and around us
on a geographical canvas
which we can only
watch helplessly
unfolding
to affect
our lives

when
some sort
of trend
has developed
and a forecast
seems clear
the picture shifts
sending us scattering
to reassess
recent developments
and once again
attempt to predict
some prevailing
pattern
of futility

where
nature rules
we can only
watch with wonder
as events transpire
prepare when possible
and impotently
hope
for the best

maybe
the ancients
had it right

prayers
and sacrifices
to appease
the gods
improving
their situation
by faith
alone

relative efficacy
probably favored
their methods
over ours

maybe
we need
to pray more
and bleed
just
a little
until
the threat
passes

hold
those
who are
near

but not
too
tightly