Dogs 2012

UNION OF HATE
(12/14/12)


neither
could stand
people

the fact
that they met
became close
and were married
seemed such an
unexpected
twisted
miracle
that none
of their distant
family members
or nominal acquaintances
could comprehend
the coupling

each
thought
a lasting relationship
was impossible
due to their
steadfast
tenets

how
could either
live
in such close
proximity
to that
which they loathed?

but
an unexpected
synergistic function
of dysfunction
became manifest

their individual
non-altruistic tendencies
more than doubled
when they joined
forces

each
now seemed
forced to deal
with only half
of the societal requirements
with which
they were previously
burdened
individually

this decreased
interaction
with the outside world
actually increased
both of their resolves
to further resist
communing
with others
of their kind

they would
sit
alone together
quite happily
in paired solitude
behind an almost
impenetrable wall
of antisocial
angst

both
would cringe
and curse
at any hint
of others existing
beyond their moat
of misanthropy

a loud car

a screaming child

and God
forbid
a knock
upon the door
would send them
into apoplectic fits
from which
it would take
hours
to recover

why
couldn't humanity
just leave them
to themselves?

"what
in Hell
is wrong
with those
two?"

their neighbors
would ask
when gathered
at backyard barbecues
or just standing
on the sidewalk
chatting

"who knows?

they're just
assholes
I guess

and
by the way
Bob
please keep
your fucking dog
off my
lawn"