Dogs 2014

CONVERSATIONAL COMA
(4/26/14)


we arrive

we exchange
greetings

we settle

we talk

we eat lunch

we talk

we have
dessert

we talk

we convene
to the family
room
for more talk

finally

we exchange
our goodbyes

back
in the car
I can pluck
the Mr. Potato Head
smile
from my face

I am as
exhausted
as having worked
a twelve hour
shift

communing
with people
drains every
available resource
of energy
at my
disposal

back
at home
I collapse
in the den
staring
straight ahead

"what's
wrong
with you?"

she asks

"are you
just
going to sit
there
all day?"

we had visited
her family
so no explanation
is possible

she wouldn't
understand
that I feel
the same way
with my family

your family

the human
family

I arise
on this Easter
and attempt
to awake
for a second
time
today

there
may yet
be a third