Dogs 2011

ANGER ENTITLEMENT
(12/16/11)


"Now remember, things look bad and it looks like you're not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean.  I mean plumb, mad-dog mean.   'Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win.  That's just the way it is."

~ Clint Eastwood / The Outlaw Josey Wales


I sit
atop
this reservoir
of rage
like a rodeo
bull rider
anticipating
an opened
gate

I can feel
the power
beneath
me

this potential
to lash out
unpredictably
in any direction
at any time
with maximum
force

maximum
prejudice

minimum
restraint

I sit
atop
this reservoir
of rage
feeling the simmer
of destructive
energy

always
on the brink
of instantaneous
explosion

not
so patiently
waiting

craving
an outlet

a reason

a target
for a punitive
strike

I sit
atop
this reservoir
of rage
praying presently
for pending release
from these angry
emotions

even though
I know
I may actually
need those
hostile notions
someday
soon

perhaps
very soon

simply
to survive