Dogs 2012

DIALOGUE DOLDRUMS
(7/17/12)


I see
their lips
move
but their voices
long ago
ceased
to reach me

I lost
the energy
to listen

to care

leave me
alone
in a room
and I can work
twelve hours straight
without
a break

I am
capable
of focusing
with purpose
for long periods
of time

but
as soon
as someone
begins to speak
I grow weak
and cannot
remain
fully conscious

I lapse

I drift

I become
a character
in a movie
shown on a screen
some distance
away

I watch
someone talking
toward a figure
that looks
like me
but I
am removed

remote

I play
other movies
in my head
paying equal
attention
to the multitude
of seeming realities
moving from
one scene
to the next
at high rates
of speed

I am everywhere

I am nowhere

then
I notice
a background
of silence
and the screens
are again
reduced
to one

I see
a face
of frustration
in front
of me

I nod

I walk
away