Dogs 2013

PERFECT COUPLE
(2/15/13)


I dropped
by
our neighborhood
drug/convenience
store
and there
they were

in aisle
2B

Cold/Cough Remedies
Allergy Relief

they looked
as if they
had stepped
from an ad
on TV
the internet
or from
some magazine

a young
rich
power pair
who seemed
out of place
under the fluorescents
standing on the
shiny
institutional tile

he
in a dapper
suit

she
in an immaculate
dress
and classy
jacket

both
apparently
scanning
the shelves
for a cure

neither looked
sick
of course

must've been
shopping
for someone
else

they looked
up
and back down
as I approached
in their best
acknowledge
and ignore
mode

I could've
thrown
a five pound
pile
of shit
on them
and it wouldn't
have stuck

where
were they
from?

what
were they
doing there?

I guess that
the Beautiful People
had common
needs
as well

as I
partially reached
in front of him
to grab
a bottle
of expectorant
he flinched
a bit
and just
for a second
lost his composure
of superiority

I smiled
as I turned
and left
them there

his reaction
was probably
more of revulsion
than of fear
but
I had exposed
his act
if only
for a flash

human

like
the rest
of us

I felt
a bit better
as I paid
and left

but not
as good
as I could feel
with clear
lungs