Dogs 2013

I CAN'T
(7/29/13)


I can't
outrun
old women

fat people

children

I move
as if
my feet
were mired
in intractable
mud

but I
know
that I should
be able
to zip
easily past
any
of them

~

I can't
hide myself
or find clothing
when suddenly
I appear
in public
naked
without a clue
as to how
I arrived
in such
a predicament

oddly
no one else
seems
to notice
my exposed
state

~

I either
can't remember
a telephone number
or can't operate
the push buttons
of a payphone
when trying
to make
a call

even
as I struggle
I can't place
the last time
that I actually
used
a public phone

~

instead
of hopes
and desires
my dreams
are filled
with a myriad
of minor fears
concerning
situational
shortcomings

unreal
inabilities

they
cast doubts
upon my waking
capabilities

although
racing anyone
in the nude
to the nearest
phone booth
has thankfully
never been
a sober
requirement