Dogs 2014

LEAF FIEND
(12/3/14)


it's not
me

it's the
massive oak
in my front
yard

covering
the neighborhood

lawns
and driveways

roofs
and gutters

streets
and drains

with reddish
leaves
that leave
no doubt
of their origin

but
I alone
bear
this seasonal
shame

I wait
for a weekend
to be the good
neighbor
and rake
up the mess
from all
affected
areas

it's
too much
of a chore
to face
in the dark
after an eleven
hour
workday

in the interim
I keep my eyes
down
during any
outdoor transits
in order to avoid
the imagined glares
or shaking
heads
of my those
in my area

this too
shall pass

they will
smile
again
come Sunday
when I become
a resurrected
good citizen

and I
shall smile
back

as if
I give
a shit