Dogs 2011

2012
(3/15/11)


Haiti
Chile
Japan

catastrophes
circle the globe
seemingly
winding up
for a grand
finale

Doomsday
Armageddon
The Apocalypse

actually
the odds
of the Earth
as we know it
coming to an end
during anyone's
lifetime
are impossibly
minute

yet
every generation
has a demented
desire
to be
the last

what
an odd
fascination
we seem to have
for complete
annihilation

I worry
more
about bills
toothaches
and car
repairs

the world
stops
for somebody
every
day

hour

minute

second

the rest
of us
continue
paying
flossing
driving
mostly
unaware

the vast
majority
will flip
the calendar
on January 1st
ponder
the heavy
significance
then begin
penciling in
birthdays
appointments
and vacations
as we do
any other
year

come 2013
we will begin
to tenaciously cling
to the next
predicted
terrestrial
cataclysm

astronomers
Nostradamus
the Mayans
be damned

we will
also plan
for the next
garbage
day

always
remembering
to recycle