Dogs 2013

PT
(12/31/13)


I have
been informed
that I have been
doing it all
wrong
for all
of these years

walking
running
standing
sitting
laying
driving
reclining

probably
fucking
but my physical
therapist
didn't actually
mention
that one

I do feel
that it was
implied

she smiled
her little smile
and said that
I would need
to retrain
my brain

my muscles

to position
the left side
of my body
correctly

she has given
me
a dozen exercises
to bring home
the point

I don't like
thinking
about my left
hip/leg/foot
positions
24/7

but that
is where
I am
today

rebraining
the basics

the funny thing
is
that from childhood
I thought
that my right
side
was the deficient
one

it never
had the flexibility
of the left

now I've learned
that my favorite
side
is bad

as I shoot
well past 50
I'm learning
that most
of my previous
predilections
were mistaken

I begin
the New Year
anew

with corrected
outlooks
and opinions

to refashion
this bruised
and battered
corporeal vessel
to carry me
toward
a less hobbled
end

hoping simply
for the ability
to hurry across
busy boulevards
before traffic
determines
my destiny