Dogs 2014

RAIN
(4/12/14)


Spring

caught out
by surprise
in a predictable
shower

water
will fall
from the sky
regardless
of my location
or attire

weather
obviously
oblivious to me

I duck
into a store
just to get
some momentary
relief
from the deluge

I am
drenched

hair
and clothes
soaked
and plastered
to my body

a dripping
mess

people
look at me
as if
I've pissed
myself

on purpose

"please stay
on the rug"

a cashier
tells me
with more
than a hint
of contempt

no sale

a few days
hence
they will enjoy
their blossoms
and blooms

but for now
I seem to be
the dog shit
stuck
to their shoes

they turn
up
their noses
and look away

preferring
the elements
I put my hands
into my pockets

hunch
my shoulders
for no
practical reason

and step
back out
into the downpour
bemoaning
my lack
of a dainty
umbrella

a cumbersome
raincoat

an imbecilic
poncho

all those
options
of protection
that I have
always
avoided

preferring
to take
my chances

~

chances
took

I walk on
in the rain