Dogs 2013

NEGATIVE NANCY
(6/19/13)


she
communicates
with criticism

only engaged

only satisfied

when describing
her self-diagnosed
misery
and pain

discomfort
caused primarily
by others
in her enraged
estimation

her
only laughs
are at
the morbid
details
of each
tiny
indignity

he mostly
keeps
his head
down
and agrees

muttering
a constant
mechanical
mantra of

I'm sorry

I'm sorry

I'm sorry

to project
some understanding

some compassion

when those
feelings
long ago
dried
in a dusty
wisp
of repetition

they
look forward
to a day
when they
can get away
from all
of the turmoil
and stress

although
they both know
that wherever
she goes
her disappointment
will travel
with them

like
a suitcase
filled
with stones
on a cruise ship
sinking
one
complaint
at a time