Dogs 2014

A SOLITARY SEASON
(12/29/14)


the family
and social gatherings
are about done

all
of the traditions

all
of the human
emotions

all
of the unreal
expectations

are spent
and left drying
to a crust
on a dusty
post-holiday
floor

now begins
the freezing
free fall
from New Year's
until Easter

a weakening
wasteland
of cold
and darkness
that depresses
and fattens
the herd

they huddle
together
inside
eating

watching TV

playing games

until they can
again
be seen
and heard publicly
within some celebratory
context

I walk
outside
happily
alone

smiling
at my breath
in the quiet
shadows