Dogs 2013

PROXIMATE KARMA
(8/26/13)


she
fucked up

large

materially
if thankfully
not physically

with
his vast
experienced
in all things fucked
he tries compassionately
to help her
navigate
the needed
course
of reparation

but
her ego
and anger
reemerge
all too
quickly

on his
drive
to work
he tries to
work out
a conversation
that would bring
the sins
of self
to her attention

but some
old pickup
clogs
his lane
of progress

going 35
in a 40

he waits
one block

two

finally
he presses
the accelerator
and moves
to the right
lane
in order
to get around

as he pulls
even
with the other
vehicle
it accelerates
as well

40

45

50

side
by side
they speed
until a streak
of tan
flashes across
in front
of them

the truck
hits it
dead on
and he hears
a muffled thud
and crunch

too big
for a cat

either a
dog
or a fox

regardless

something died

the pickup
slows
after the collision
and he's able
to get around
and proceed
down the avenue

at the office
parking lot
he sits
a few minutes
before getting
out
of the car

maybe
the talk
with his wife
would need
to be
rephrased