Dogs 2014

FINAL WISH
(2/9/14)


given
the opportunity
to do anything
before infirmity
imprisonment
or death

I would
eschew
the obvious

food

family

travel

party

sex

and opt
simply
for a walk
in the
dark

nothing
summarizes
my relation
to

my detachment
from

the human
race

more
than being
alone
at night
on the city
streets

knowing
that I'm surrounded
by a multitude
of people
but being
separated
from them
by walls

by choice

maybe
a glance
through a lighted
window
to see someone
living life
from a distance

that does
give me
comfort

knowing
that they're all
out there

immersed
in their
routines

well away
from me

I am grateful
to them
even though
I can't stand
them

they enable
me
to exist apart

yes

I would
just ask
for a last chance
to take
an evening stroll

to turn
a corner

to say
goodbye