A Poemdog

Dogs 2011

WALKING THROUGH THE DARKNESS
(10/31/11)


through
windows
glowing night
he sees them
living life

family
of four
sitting around
the dinner table
eating and talking
background TV
mimicking
their activity
hopes
and fears

they seem
to live removed
distant
as if
in a foreign land
with habits
unrecognizable
and manners
strange

he resides
in the same
city
breathes
the same
air
but feels
astronomically
apart

he cannot
imagine
having
a home
car
wife
or family

he cannot
imagine
any capital
possessions
or human connections
whatsoever
in his near
future

he tries
to simply
picture himself
with a girlfriend
in a small
cheap
apartment
but reality
dictates
otherwise

he swivels
his head
straight ahead
footfalls accented
by the cold
wet rain
layering
this residential
street

at the next
intersection
he sees
a collection
of insects
buzzing about
the streetlight

a lone
black cat
prowls the base
of the pole
waiting
for the unwary
low flyer

this
he
understands