Dogs 2014

A PORTRAIT OF CULPABILITY
(1/25/14)


so much
happened
before

so much
happened
after

based upon
the actions
or inactions
of others

unfortunately
I tied all
of those events
together
with a single
decision

a single
act

and now
I am the face
of many
failures
when only
one
has my name

the others
know what
they did

they know
their wrongs

but I
am the solitary
public transgressor
in this instant

they can
smile away
their sins

I made
a mistake
and years
of accumulated mistakes
now point
to me

I am not
a bad man

but I chose
my action
badly

and since
I did
perhaps
I am
a fiend

I accept
that

I bear
that

people
feel slighted

people
feel betrayed

they can
look to me
as their tormentor
if they wish

I will still
smile
when I see
them

no one
died
as a result
after all

although
some
seem born
to suffer

I pity
them

I pray
for them

I ask
their
forgiveness

and while
they'd rather
see me
crawling criminally
away
toward judgment

I shall
still
walk this earth
with some
honor
intact

I am
their equal
in justice
for as long
as a breath
is within me