Dogs 2013

PRUDENT DELAYS
(5/25/13)


you learn
slowly
over the
years

not
to react

not to
comment

not to do
or say
something

anything

that will
be remembered
as your instigation
of the situation

instead
you silently
acknowledge
the rants

the complaints

the accusations

they are
immediate battles
that cannot
be won

the next
day
most
will be
forgotten
by the ostensibly
injured party

the same
topics
of anger
and frustration
will hardly produce
a simmer
in dulled contrast
to the explosion
of the conflicting
yesterday

wry smiles
will replace
the contorted
expressions
of suffering

new subjects
will arise
to further
those emotions

impassively
you consume
the angst
of the other

"don't
you have
anything
to say?

are you
just
going to sit
there
and do
nothing?

I HATE this!"

you let
your eyes
lose focus

and wait

for the
interminable
tomorrow