Dogs 2013

ALL IN YOUR HEAD
(8/6/13)


I know
that you're
upset

you point
to people

you point
to things
surrounding you

supposedly
causing you
pain

frustration

depression

I look
at the sources
of your distress
and see only
people

things

I can see
no consternation
to derive
from them

they just
are

I try
to tell
you this
but I become
only another
sharp stick
jabbing
at your fragile
sensibilities

you
lash out
at me
as well

I can't
help you

and as long
as you sense
antagonists
outside of you
as the source
of your problems

you can't
help you

I wish
that I had
some mirror
of crystal clarity
to hold
in front
of you

to materialize
an all-too-clear
image
of your actual
devils
and demons

they are
self created

they can
only be
self
destroyed

but
they must
first
be seen

seen
by you

you
alone

maybe
a book
a song
a movie
an event
another person
will reflect
the reality
that you
must witness
to save
yourself

it's something
different
for each
of us

maybe
only a mirage
of madness
will continue
to stare
back at you
in your
desert
of discontent

I say
a prayer
of thanks
for you

for me

then step
away smiling
into your
wasteland