A Poemdog

Dogs 2011

BEGINNING
(7/16/11)


I only
ask you
to work
full time
for a few
short years
in order to help
repay the debts
from which
you've benefitted
the most

I am
sorry
that you take that
as some terrible
prison
sentence

compared
to my job
what I ask
is nothing

thank you
for turning
that fact
into an indictment
upon my
career choice
and the reason
for your
current woes

I work
the hours
that I do
because
they are required
to do a good job
in my estimation

I never
blamed
those hours
on you

never

I told you
that I persist
even though
at present
the future
looks bleak
for this
company

you have
no respect
for my job
because
of the way
the owner
manages
or does not
manage
the business

I guess
that I can
understand
that

I do
wish
however
that you would respect
the effort
that I expend

I put everything
that I have
into this project
because I believe
in it

I am sorry
that you have
never
been able
to find
something
in which
you could believe
as well

make
what decisions
you have
to make

I'll do
what I have
to do

I am
beginning
to see the end
that I never
imagined
to see