Dogs 2013

TANGENTIALLY RESOLUTE
(12/30/13)


a new
year
approaches

yet
all the talk
stinks
of the old

resolutions
of health
employment
relationships
and travel
have been made
innumerable
times before

society's
tried and tired
methods
that have solved
nothing
in my lifetime

nothing
in anyone's
lifetime

have not
healed
the fat
infirmed
or feeble

have not
eradicated
unemployment
underemployment
misemployment

have not
mended
marriages
families
or neighborhoods

have not
made sages
of soldiers
contractors
and free lance
globetrotters

we are all
sick
unfulfilled
alone
and stuck
in the sameness
of here

the sameness
of now

no matter
our outer
appearances
of accomplishment

we pretend
our progress
by pointing
to medicine
stock markets
marriages
and meeting
those people
in far away
lands

we lie
to ourselves

good
and evil
exist
in approximately
similar proportions
throughout history

despite

or probably because

of our efforts

show me
something
truly new

tell me
something
that I can put
into play
on January 1st
with some hope
of change

I lie
to myself
that anyone else
can answer
these questions
for me

I don't
want to live
on the borrowed
all too obvious
dreams
of the majority

I must
create
my own solutions

I must
be declared
unfit

mentally

vocationally

matrimonially

immigrationally

in order
to know
that I am truly
on the right
track

when I am
described
as an absolute
failure

I shall
finally
be able
to succeed