Dogs 2014

A FROZEN BERING SEA
(11/2/14)


his fate
was sealed
as soon as he
slipped
through that
seal hole

why he had
to look
down
into the water

he'll never
know

he was in
for only ten
seconds

but one
second
was too
many

Arctic survival
training
had taught him
that much

he was
soaked

stuck out there
on the ice
too far
from land

it seemed
stupid
to die of hyperthermia
with the sun
shining
down
upon him

but
at 10 below
dying
he is

it wouldn't
be long

the pain
and the shaking
have already
stopped

numbness
comforts him

why he continues
to shuffle
along
he's not
sure

it makes
little difference
if he expires
a few hundred
yards
closer
to the shore
or not

but movement
seems important

so he
moves

why
was he
here?

why
wasn't he
home
in the lower
48?

the Spring
warming
had already
begun there

his Dad
said 59 degrees
the last time
that they talked

above
freezing

above
zero

he was
here
to make
some quick
money

but
a cabin fever
stroll
would be
his undoing

he stops

turns
about 60
degrees

and walks
toward the sun
instead
of the beach

he tries
to remember
his last
cup of coffee
in his mother's
kitchen