Dogs 2013

TIGER'S PAW
(9/4/13)


how
ridiculous

the night
over
and only
wanting sleep

to step
on a grass burr
lodged
in a shag rug
at bedside

to have
a tiny thorn
break off
in the primary
pad
of a foot

awaking
the next day
to swelling
and pain
accentuating
every step

limping
down
the hall

wife
passing by
the bathroom
not even questioning
his contortionist
stance
while examining
the wound

"have
a nice day
dear!"

she leaves
him
to his distress

an old
hunter
stumbling noisily
through
the brush

alone