Dogs 2014

ANUDDA DAY DOWN
(7/26/14)


4:55
pm

I remember
rolling in
at 6:30
this morning
thinking
that there was
way more
to do
than my shift
would allow

that I would
never
get to the
end of it

now
everyone else
is shuffling around
preparing
for their
hasty exits

I'll follow
in 45 minutes
or so

while some
aspects
of the job
are never-ending
I do feel
as if
I've handled
as much
as my time today
would allow

time
that seems
to pass
much too quickly
when I'm
much too busy

I turn
in my chair
and see
from the calendar
that another month
is also
almost done

I started
working here
in the previous
millennium
not imagining
myself
being around
for so long

not imaging
myself
in my mid
50s

I'm almost
dead

I guess
that I should be
content

the agonizing
parts of life
are the only ones
that seem
to be interminable
and I remember
very few
in mine
that seemed
to drag

perhaps
a speedy
demise
is our just
reward
for a life
well lived

a graying
wrinkling
image in the mirror
shows me
that I have
apparently lived
a far better life
than I
deserve