Dogs 2013

CONTROLLED DESCENT
(8/3/13)


it begins
with accident
dyfunction
or disease

family
friends
and neighbors
are enlisted
to help
with the recovery

"she's really
too old
to be alone
on her own
anyway"

many say

she mostly
recovers
but still needs
some additional assistance
from time
to time

it seems
only natural
after the recent
debilitation

but
as the months
and years
go by
the helpful visits
continue to increase
and they come
to realize
that she is really
not
on her own
anymore

the pot
of slowly
heated water
has apparently
been boiling
for some
time

no one
wants
to see her
in a senior
facility

she adamantly
doesn't want
to be removed
from her
house

but reality
eventually outweighs
idealistic
desires

she
is taken
from her
home

checked in

made
as comfortable
as possible
with as many
of her possessions
as they can fit
around her
in such
a confined
space

still
she feels
out of place

disenfranchised

betrayed

they visit
often
and she smiles

plays the game

but her
spirits
are
sinking

they have
left her there
to die

everyone
understands
the fact
but no one
speaks
that truth

when she
finally passes
they are saddened

but also
gladdened
by the fact
that the majority
of her things
have already
been
disposed

a final
disposal
of her remains
will rest
the situation
in peace

they are
relieved

they all
still have
so much
more
time
before someone
needs
to help them