Dogs 2012

ROADSIDE DARK
(4/13/12)


it's odd
to arrive
at the point
where every
decision
of destination
may determine
the location
of your death

past
a certain age
the fear
and terror
of passing
has mostly
passed

there is
so much
less
left to die
that the inevitable
outcome
simply becomes
another item
on your
to do list

it all
melts down
to a matter
of logistics

she thinks
that I should stay
at home

be as
comfortable
as possible

I have had
this trip planned
for almost
a year
and really see
no reason
to change
my plans

besides
expiring
on a highway shoulder
has a certain
romantic
appeal

strength
flagging
propped against
the right
rear wheel
looking out upon
a vast expanse
of prairie

the only movement
a ruffling
of clothes
and hair
as the big rigs
blow on by

and probably
some bugs
already busy
with the logistics
of another
matter