Dogs 2013

CENTRAL STANDARD TIME STROLL
(11/6/13)


the clocks
have fallen
back

I drive
to work
in the
dark

I drive
home
in the
dark

my evening
walk
by association
has also become
a darkened affair

my path
now punctured
by holes
of illumination
exposing
the inner workings
of our neighbors

they seem
so different
viewed through
a kitchen
living room
or a bedroom
window
as I pass by

they seem
more human

more vulnerable

more so
than in those
months
of daylight savings
when windows
were dimmed portals
of privacy

the only chance
of seeing them
was in their cars
coming and going
or in their yards
wielding lawn
tools

now
they are inside
but more exposed
by the circumstance
of light

they seem
so different

all due
to a simple
governmental
trick
of time

perceptions
can change
so easily

humans
are such willing
victims

any
sleight of hand
altering our everyday
reality
is welcomed

we want
to be fooled

we want
to believe
in a separate
existence
from the one
in which
we are imprisoned

no wonder
drugs and alcohol
are so popular

my
substance
abuse days
behind
me
I must rely
on more mundane
escapes

such as
time changes

loud music

and bitter
Nihilistic mood
sinks

they afford me
glimpses through
the black openings
in this bright
cruel
world

glimpses
into alternate
universes
of a better
now