Dogs 2011

SLICK STREETS
(11/18/11)


nothing
is really
different

lanes
lines
curbs
markers
stop signs
stop lights
speed limits
all exactly
the same
as on
a dry
sunny day

a good
set of tires
and there should
be no reason
for any extraordinary
caution
to proceed

but there
are those who
when the rain
falls
do not cope
so well
and drive
15 mph
in a 35
zone

there are
also those
who see it
as a challenge
and drive
50 mph

most of us
only want
to get home
after a long
day
and need
the nuisance
of neither
extremity

I think
of these things
when personal
dilemmas
disasters
and diseases
come to
call

the general
course
of daily events
seems much
the same

a good
set of intentions
and there should be
no reason
for any extraordinary
caution
to proceed

but there
are those who
when the fate
falls
curl up
in emotional
corners
refusing
to cope

there are
also those
who speed ahead
taking care
of business
regardless
of feelings

most of us
do the best
that we can
trying to cover
the extremes
but falling short
somewhere
in the middle
thinking
that we
could have
should have
felt
or done
more

I guess
that we all
honk our horns
or dry our tears
as needed
hoping that
we simply
get the chance
to drive
another
day