Dogs 2012

PRISONER OF WONDER
(12/27/12)


I stand
at the bathroom
sink
listening
to the cold
wind
howl
outside
of the window

perfectly
comfortable inside
I still shiver
involuntarily

I remember
forming up
on a spotlit
sidewalk
at 5:15am
in a Cape May
boot camp
in December
1982

freezing
in gym shorts
and t shirt
waiting
for the stragglers
to show
so that we
all
could go
to daily cal

fairly
uncomfortable
but knowing
that a warm
destination
was ahead

I think
of WWII
POWs
ill clad
in ranks
not sure
if they'd survive
the day
little alone
find warmth
or food

I think
of the tortured
and abused
at this
very
minute
somewhere
in the world
fearing
their lives in pain
more
than they fear
death

did they

do they

have
any hope?

any solace?

I
do not
understand
these insanities
of humanity
as I brush
my teeth

permitted
by the powers
that be
to live
this life
of ease
and apathy

for
at least
the time
being

~

having
no idea
what to do
with the enormity
of such thoughts
I continue
to get ready
for work

I have
much to do
today