Dogs 2014

REFLECTED REALITY
(9/15/14)


a cool
day
he opens
both doors
and most
windows

perfect
temperature
for the minimal
exercise routine
that he labels
a workout

heart rate
up

sweat
flowing down

the results
could fool
most people

however
they are attributed
more to age
than to
activity

halfway
through
the doorbell
rings

only
in his boxers
he peeks around
the corner
from the hall

it's her

she's seen
him
in his underwear
before
so he approaches
the latched
screen door

"could we
talk?"

she asks?

he tells
her
that he is
in the middle
of his workout

"I could
come in
and watch
you"

she smiles

he tells
her
that someone
inside
is already
watching him

that
killed
the smile

"oh

OK"

she
backs away
from the
door

"I'll
text you
later"

he says
fine
then she turns
and leaves

stretching
for his next
set
he walks
into the bathroom
and looks
at himself
in the mirror

all alone
he doesn't
want to be
a complete
liar