Dogs 2014

DAILY ANTAGONISTS
(12/7/14)


I try
to begin
each morning
with a fresh
mind

a fresh
humanity

but during
the course
of most days
I am bound
to see
one person

one stranger

whom I
hate
with all the vile
bile
in my possession

how
can I have
such intense
feelings
about a face
I have never
seen?

are we
reincarnated
enemies?

did he
(it's mostly men)
rape and kill
my entire family
in some ancient
setting?

no

he's just
an ordinary guy
walking
in the parking
lot
in front me

but there's
something
about his gait
that churns
the hate
in my soul

if he were
to turn
and utter anything
vaguely negative
I would be
at his throat
immediately

he'd
probably kick
my ass
in five seconds
flat

still
I wait
for the slightest
offhand gesture
to attack

am I
insane?

I have
to remove
myself
from this
situation

I stop
then divert
over
to the next
lane of cars

the delay
should allow
his safe entrance
into the grocery store
ahead of me

should cool
the volcanic
activity
in my veins

I only hope
that I don't
see him again
in the cereal
aisle

I really
need
some shredded
wheat