Dogs 2012

THEY CALL ME ASSHOLE
(3/30/12)


I am
so tired
of smiling

so tired
of hurting

so if
I am
short
succinct
or abrupt
with you
please do not
take it
personally

I need
to get on
with the day
while
I am able

I look
around
on this grand stage
and wonder
why we
continue
to rehash
these minor
repetitive
roles

to say
these same
overused
stale lines

unfortunately
originality
is treated
as either
a revenue source
or as just
plain insanity

and I'll never
make any money
with my thoughts
or actions



so
I muscle
through
the pain
and inanity
with alacrity
and bluntness
avoiding
at all costs
rants and insults
but my directness
is usually
misinterpreted
as hostility
and rancor

I am
beyond
caring

I am
old
and ailing

and I still
have so much
work
left to do