Dogs 2013

THE SENSITIVE ONES
(1/30/13)


I'm
nervous
around them

their
expectations
for human
intercourse
are impossibly
high

any
answer

any
comment

any
gesture

will be
a disappointment
to them

or worse
cause them
pain

they will
misinterpret
the most innocent
of communications
as ridicule
hostility
or disgust

they will quickly
rationalize
compliments
into sneak
attacks
upon their
good characters

I must
remember
to limit my verbiage
to terms
such as
"daisies"
"kittens"
and "Springtime"

I must
restrict my movements
to bowing
scraping
and hugging

all
of my efforts
must effuse
contrition
for some assumed
current
past
or future failing
within me
to assuage
their tender
psyches

I must
beg
forgiveness
for a world
that does not
hold them
in the highest
regard
morning

noon

and night

alas
all of my
best behavior
will eventually
earn me
nothing
but scorn

even
if the right
things are
said

done

projected

the manner
or timing
in which
they are delivered
will
not
be satisfactory

I will
have forgotten
the secret
caring
code word
of the day

pouting
sighing
and tears
will be
my reward

and that
will be
from the
men

woe be
unto me
for the results
of my shortcomings
regarding
the shorter
sex