Dogs 2014

CONQUERED COMMANDER
(9/17/14)


I stand
out
on the curb
during
a break

watching
the runoff
from a morning
shower
flow
down
the gutter

except
the water
is blocked
by some
takeout trash
forming
a small puddle

a miniature
reservoir

I remember
as a child
that such
a find
could keep me
busy
for most
of the day

dirt
would need
to be added
to shore up
the collapsing
paper dam

armies
would need
to be deployed
downstream

saboteurs
would finally
destroy
the earthworks
and the company
would be flooded
into capitulation

today
however
I merely bend
down
and scoop up
the wet
trash

probably
tossed out
of some crappy car
by the residents
of the low rent
apartments
down
the road

I'm sure
that their kids
probably enjoy
the results
of the rain
as much
as I
once did

unfortunately
my desk
is under siege
at the moment

my tactical
genius
is required
back
inside