Dogs 2014

GET OFF MY PORCH
(10/31/14)


I get home
at about 6
and already
see several
trick or treaters
making their rounds
of the neighborhood

all that I
want
on a early
Friday evening
is to enjoy
a long
quiet
walk

apparently
I will be sharing
the streets
tonight

I check
the mail

switch
shoes

and remember
to turn off
the automatic
light
at the front
door

don't
want to appear
too inviting

a half
block away
I turn
and look back

the house
is dark

no hint
of habitation

huge oak
shading the place
from the
streetlights

it looks
to be haunted
for sure

or at least
possessed
by a madman

hopefully
forbidding enough
to keep them
away

I will return
in 90 minutes
or so

sneak
in the back
way

eat dinner
by only
the glow
of the TV

watch
a DVD

Nosferatu

a silent
movie
for a hopefully
silent night

reflecting
my horror
of humanity