Dogs 2012

UNNATURAL ACTS
(3/1/12)


I stand
after work
in a bedroom
converted
into a workout/music
room

I am
listlessly lifting
20 pound dumbbells
and listening
to Primus
when a sparrow
lands
on the bird feeder
outside
the east window

I am
exercising
because I have spent
eleven hours
rooted
to an office
chair
and need
some sort
of physical outlet
since my chosen
profession
stresses none
of the fundamental
human muscles

the avian
is eating
because
it is hungry
and the feeder
provides
easier fodder
than what nature
has put
upon its late
Winter plate

we have
both
been diverted
from our intended
routines
by the machinations
of mankind

the sparrow
however
will have
its Spring

I will
probaby have
new struts
put on
the car