Dogs 2014

LOST AND POUND
(2/7/14)


I felt
sorry
for her

I felt
sorrier
for the dog

an old
mostly blind
probably deaf
Boston Terrier
wearing
a bright
red
sweater

obviously
someone's
well loved
pet

at least
at one
time

the girl said
that she had
almost
run over
the animal
in the street

it didn't
even seem
to know
that a car
was there

I told her
that I didn't
recognize
the canine

she seemed
to be waiting
for me
to make
an offer

none
was forthcoming

I had other
responsibilities

like keeping
my own ass
out
of the road

finally
she turned
and said
that she'd try
down
the block

I wished
her luck

I didn't
tell her
that the beast
may have been
dumped
due to pending
vet bills

who knows
about these
things?

when people
are involved
no apathy
or atrocity
could surpise
me

I watched
out the window
as she carried
the whimpering
armful
across the street

my atrocity
of apathy
hoped the best
for her
benevolence