Dogs 2012

MY LEFT BALL
(2/10/12)


it's
a deep
ache
bordering
on pain
erupting
from time
to time

not technically
a testicle
but
"a strained
superficial ring
of the inguinal
canal"
or so
I am
told

still
it feels
as if someone
has very recently
taken violent exception
to any physical
presence
between
my legs

the condition
never
really heals
I have sadly
found

it's my
ailment
now

one
of an increasing
multitude

an improper
lift
an inordinate
stretch
even
an over exuberant
sexual encounter
(the least likely
threat)
can cause
a longer than
needed
but temporarily
bout of discomfort
that makes
breathing
an effort

I have
learned
to avoid
the trouble
positions
but I forget
my age
and condition
every once
in a while

presently
I sit here
squirming
unpleasantly
in my jeans
hoping for some
relief
by explaining
it all

now
life is
uncomfortable
for both
of us