Dogs 2013

A GOOD MAN
(12/17/13)


I try

I really
do

I decide
to be
a good person
but people
will not
allow
that decision
to be

they combat

they connive

they take advantage

I blame
their permitted
subversions
upon my stupidity

somewhere
on my inverted
learning curve
I found that
being nice
seemed easier
than being
good

good
and nice
are quite
different

good
is stone

nice
is a shitty
cement job
that looks substantial
but crumbles
in inclement
climates

good
is making
love

nice
is smiling
while being
butt fucked

good
is an ideal
that remains
long after
you are gone

nice
is a smell
that diminishes
quickly
as your corpse
rots
in the ground

good
is nice

but nice
is seldom
truly good

I must remember
that good
is an eternal fountain
waiting for me
to drink
my fill

I simply
need
to make
that choice
and ignore those
who urinate
in my cup
and expect me
to swallow
their pee
nicely

until
I learn
those lessons

good
is alone

nice
to have seen
you
again