Dogs 2014

AN EVENING TROLL
(11/3/14)


I love
the fall
time change

coming home
after sunset

changing
clothes

hitting
the streets
shrouded
in darkness

shielded
from the scrutiny
of my peers

possibly
other shadows
will approach
then disappear

but I shall
not
see their faces

as mine
remains
a mystery
to them

every once
in awhile
I'll be spotlighted
by headlights
of a passing
vehicle

but I see
nothing
of the inhabitants

and they
see only
a fleeting
apparition

we are
anonymous
phantoms
who once
passed
as neighbors

most
who were outside
at this time
last week
are now in
mothing
to light

my schedule
will not change
due to the vagaries
of a teetering government
overreacting
to a tilted
planet

I walk
no matter
the night

my shadowed
smiles
hidden
until March