Dogs 2012

OFF THE ROAD
(2/21/12)


after
travelling
last week
I welcome
the routine
of home
and office

all pretense
of sociability
can be dropped

no required
hugs
smiles
greetings
hand shakes
or introductions

no needed nods
of acknowledgement
or encouragement

no sympathy
given

none
expected

the people
whom I saw
while gone
are dying
in the same
manner
as the people
whom I see
today
are wasting
away

no one
is different

no one
is special

a temporary
visit
only lends
that impression

some
I saw
will be dead
before
I can return

I may
be dead
before
I can return

either way
someone
is off
the human
meat hook

~

this morning
the coffee
tastes
so good
as I sit
in silence
and solitude