Dogs 2013

LINGERING LIFE
(4/24/13)


you realize
one day
that you have
outlived
all of your
drastic expectations
of death

a couple
of chronic
diseases
and continual
minor pains
are all
that you have
to show
for a lifetime
of abuse

disappointing
in some
respects

no comet
tornado
chemical
car wreck
explosion
long fall
gunshot
spider bite
or knife wound
has ended
your life
prematurely
as you were sure
at least one
of the above
would

no dramatic
headline
to mark
your passing

you seem
to be
withering away
to a timely
demise

oh well

you
can still
hope
for cancer
West Nile
or heart attack
but the more
exciting gambles
are gone

I guess
that only
the old
can have regrets
about not
dying
young