Dogs 2013

CASUS BELLI
(12/9/13)


I hear
the term
one night
on a 90's
sitcom

I read
it again
the next
in a 30's
novel

what
does it mean?

how
does it pertain
to me?

the first hit
on the internet
says

"Latin:

an event or act
used to justify a war"

or more literally

"a case
for war"

while
I am not
nonviolent
the majority
of the time
I just don't
care enough
to get
that excited
about anything

war?

how
does this
apply
to me?

I haven't
been in a fight
in over
30 years

yet
the words
seem coincidentally
to reach out
for my notice

maybe
they point
to my attitude

I do feel
at odds
with society

I do feel
that my animosity
is justified

perhaps
a metaphysical war
is more within
my realm
of participation

rationalization
   not fighting
is my forte

on the drive
to work
this morning
someone runs
a stop sign
to pull out
in front of me

my estimation
proves valid

next
antiquated term
on the list

DEFCON 1