Dogs 2013

A SYNTHESIS OF DAMNATION
(2/20/13)


I long
for escape
from the
routine
of humanity

the social
legal
and familial
requirements

so I run

but out
on the road
there are only
more people

more laws

more expectations

so
I wear
the lie
of a smile
and glad hand
my way
through
the anthropic
hoard

even though
I dearly wish
to be as far
away
from them
as possible

I should
not be
so harsh

humans
and their
institutions
have saved
many of those
marginally
close to me

given them
comfort

given them
hope

as loath
as I am
to admit
the truth
I too
have been
saved
by their
touch

and
while grateful
I prefer
to stand alone
for as long
as I can

thanks
for then

but thanks
for keeping
your distance
now

I cannot
live
without them

I cannot
stand
to be around
them

I take
their books
their music
their movies
and hide away
alone

one day
they will have
to break in

clean up
after me

spread
my ashes

shake
their heads
at the stranger

hug
each other
and move
on

together