Dogs 2013

END OF THE UV WARRIOR
(6/27/13)


he hears
the music
before
he hears
her voice

banging
clanging
metal
grinding
on metal

a big
bass beat
like thunder

then
out of the
sand
heat
and haze
she begins

"hard core
motherfucker"

is her
refrain

somehow
talking under
the cacophony
accompanying
her

repeating
the phrase
in a calm
off handed
manner
with no more
feeling
than

"please pass
the salt"

the expression
could not be
conveyed
in a more
intense manner
with a scream

"hard core
motherfucker"

he is still
miles
from base

limping

bleeding

his unit
gone

open
and exposed
as he limps
through the dunes
hoping
for rescue
before discovery
by the enemy

"hard core
motherfucker"

she says
again

her voice
his only
companion

his only
comfort

who is
she?

why
is she
here?

is she
his angel
of death?

or simply
the madness
of the sun

"hard core
motherfucker"

he just
wants
to lie down
in the shade
and rest

wait
for whatever
comes next

but
there is
no shade

so he keeps
walking

he keeps
dying

in the direction
where he hopes
relief
will greet
him

"hard core
motherfucker"

yes dear

he wants
to quit
but her voice
insists
otherwise

he does
stop

turns
a 360

but there
is nothing
to be seen
so he forces
my feet
to keep moving

the world
takes on
a transparency
he has never
noticed
before

as if
he could look
through existence
and divine
what is really
holding life
together

"hard core
motherfucker"

then
he sees
her face
in front
of him

feels
her breath
or his brow

watches
her smile
spread
to consume
him