Dogs 2013

DIMINISHED HAUNTINGS
(12/11/13)


in childhood
the ghosts
would whisper to me
when I went
to bed

"Patrick"

they would
say

nothing
else

I was terrified
of the night

~

I grew
older
and society's
esoteric eccentricities
overwhelmed me

the living
pushed out
the dead

"Pat"

they would
say

"that's
not
what you do

what's wrong
with you?"

in almost
every aspect
of my life

I was terrified
of the daylight

~

as an adult
I realized
that the norm
was not
for me

I always
seemed to be
in conflict

"Mr. Boll"

they would
say

"we find you
negligent of…

we find you
in violation of…

we find you
guilty of…"

to buck
the system
resulted in
getting fucked
by the system

I was terrified
of prison

~

now
I am older
and mostly
ignored

"hey
old man!"

they'll sometimes
say

"get the hell
outta our
way!"

I get
the hell
out of their way
because I know
where they're
going

I am neither
terrified
of them
nor of anything
in this world

I simply
look forward
to going to bed
each night

going to sleep

but before
I nod off
I listen
closely

for the ghosts

to speak
my name
again