Dogs 2014

BOSTON WRONG
(4/19/14)


a blast

a blasphemy
occurred
at an annual
celebration
last year

three died

many
were maimed
for life

I get it

I really do

living
just down
the turnpike
from Oklahoma City
I have some
feeling
for that kind
of public loss

but
last weekend
ten died
in one
highway collision
in California

five
were children

I wonder
at the remembrance

at the national
outpouring
of grief
and support
that those families
will receive
in a year

possibly
they will appear
on local TV
this time
in 2015
to comment
on safety changes
that were made
to prevent
further accidents
on that stretch
of road

I am sure
that I will not
hear about it
if they do

I remember
reading
as a teenager
that more Americans
fatalities occurred
on our highways
in one year
than during all
of the Vietnam
War

no one
seemed
to care

except for
Ralph Nader
of course

we prefer
our deaths
on the grand
stages

we put
our arms
around
such mass media
suffering

while
down the street
another perishes
from cancer
without note

if their
passing
doesn't sell
commercials

we really
don't
seem to care