Dogs 2014

A DIFFERENT COLLEGE
(6/10/14)


there's
a four year
gap
in my résumé
extending
from the time
that I left
the Coast Guard
until the time
of my first
private sector employment
that lasted
for more
than a year

I bounced
from place
to place

job
to job

woman
to woman

jail cell
to jail cell

they were
horrible years

they were
wonderful years

selling blood
losing weight
washing dishes
fighting roaches
living in low rent dives
eating the cheapest food
standing on assembly lines
sleeping on others' couches

reading
drinking
reading
drinking
reading
drinking

and incredibly
finding female
companionship
from time
to time

trying
to make some
sense
of it all

I never
really
did

I conceded

I rejoined
society

"so
Mr. Boll…

what
did you do
from the end
of 1991
to the end
of 1995?"

all
I can do
is smile

shake
my head

then leave

to once
again
see the sun

my diploma