Dogs 2013

SUBMITTED FOR YOUR SMOKING APPROVAL
(1/15/13)


I sit
alone
in the den
and count
them

one

two

three

four

five

five ashtrays
in a household
of nonsmokers

all empty

very clean

unnatural

I am
reminded
that they are vintage
midcentury "pieces"
that perfectly match
the décor

without
ashes
and butts
however
they seem
a bit
ominous

their shiny
surfaces
unsettling
at times

like portals
to another
dimension

I expect
something
to suddenly materialize
within them
someday

a toe

a very
tiny
space ship

a note
written
in a language
that I do not
recognize

I would think
that the room
might fade
to black
and white

the smell
of a cigarette
would find
my nose

and that
Rod Serling
would step
from the shadows
to finally fill
those unoccupied
containers
with their proper
vintage
due