Dogs 2011

A MATTER OF INFLECTION
(11/29/11)


Carl
had only
wanted to find
a few movies
to while away
the afternoon hours
after their
Thanksgiving
meal

maybe
a video game
for his kids

but with
his wife
and three children
yelling their suggestions
over his shoulder
and from
underneath his arms
the choices
were difficult
to make

~

Barry's
wife
had used
her smart phone
to reserve
a movie
at the same
vending machine
outside of
a local drugstore
and the two of them
now waited
for the family
in front
of them
to make
a decision

Barry
didn't mind

he enjoyed
the brisk air
and standing
instead of
all that sitting
at the dining room
table
from earlier
that day

he felt sorry
for the guy
in front of them
pestered
by all
of those requests

Barry's wife
however
was neither
the patient
nor compassionate
type

"we have
a movie
reserved

could we
just get in there
and pick it up?"

the words
seemed
simple enough
but the voice
tinged
with sarcasm
and annoyance
caused
both men
to tense

"no"

was Carl's
simple
immobile
reply

she turned
to look at Barry
in indignation

~

Carl
was on top
of Barry
hands around
his throat
when the police
finally arrived

Barry
was forcing
the heel of his hand
up into Carl's chin
trying to push
him off
and away

Carl's family
sat locked
in their car
noses to windows
anxiously awaiting
some resolution

Barry's wife
stood
a short distance
away

DVD
in hand

foot tapping