Dogs 2014

INCONVENIENT GHOST
(10/7/14)


he opens
the door
to this empty
room
just before
leaving
each morning

he keeps
the door closed
at night
to block
the light
from passing
traffic

today
there's an unusual
shadow
in the shape
of a person
in the far
corner

the added darkness
is a bit difficult
to perceive
in this pre-dawn
stillness
but it catches
his attention
as it shifts
a bit

"there is
no tomorrow"

it says
in not
so much
a whisper
but a raspy
resonance
from nowhere

his whole
body tingles
frozen in place
as the realization
of the happening
overtakes him

one more
slight movement
and the shadow
is gone

what
the Hell?

he considers
the various
meanings
of the statement
then turns
to resume
his routine

he has
too much
to do today
to have a haunting
disrupt
his schedule

he doesn't
want
to be late

but now
he has another
reason
to keep that
door closed
at night

and maybe
the day
as well