Dogs 2012

MORNING COMMUTE
(7/21/12)


he's in
his early
fifties

graying

sedate

he drives
to work
each day
in a 2005
paid off Chevy
currently registered
liability insured
in great
working order
and still appearing
quite newer
than the odometer
indicates

except
for a penchant
to wander about
5 mph over
any posted
speed limit
he seems
the model
of a sober
consistent
publically minded
individual

then why
does he think
about murdering
the man
he sees
walking
a dog?

raping
the woman
jogging by
in a sweat?

running
his car
headlong
into oncoming
traffic?

these
insane thoughts
torment him
not only
on the way
to the office
but throughout
each day

throughout
each night

even
in his
dreams

does anyone
detect
his madness?

people
seem to smile
or nod
at him
as if
he were nothing
but the good
coworker

citizen

neighbor

family member

apparently
they notice
nothing
wrong

he wonders
about these things
as he lies
in bed
waiting
for sleep
to take him
to his other
reality

after kissing
his wife
goodnight

imaging
a plastic bag
tied
over her head

he
rolls over
to face
the wall
instead