Dogs 2012

EVERYDAY ASHES
(12/21/12)


a very
large
ZIT
at the end
of my very
large
NOSE
has me less
than garrulous
this morning

I keep
to the solitary
shadows
of the building
avoiding any
social interaction

beyond
the frustrated
embarrassment
of having pimples
at age 53
I do realize
a benefit

I enjoy
claiming
a physical validation
for keeping
to myself

my complexion
provides
involuntary
self debasement
to show me
my miniscule place
within the complex
workings
of humanity

within
the complex
workings
of the universe

I am ashamed
but also
comfortably
humbled

I am
more centered
than usual
upon what
my existence
represents

I am
a miracle
to be here
in any form
or fashion

paradoxically
these thoughts
make me realize
that this very minor
very temporary
facial disfigurement
means nothing
after all

I think
that my nose
and I
shall venture
to the break room
for some
coffee

and conversation