Dogs 2014

RHYTHM'S RETURN
(5/22/14)


I didn't
realize
the degrees
to which
I had conformed
to her
schedule

her
proclivities

until after
she'd left

I had
been drawn
so far
off track
that it's difficult
to recall
my own
daily needs
and desires

for awhile
I was in
limbo

unsure
if the wants
that appeared
were actually
mine
or the programming
she had buried
so deep
within my
brain

slowly
her shroud
finally lifted

light
began
to illuminate
that
which can
only
be me

I see
that life
is not
as discordant
as she
had insisted

I slowly
start to hear
my own
almost forgotten
song

I walk
in time
to my beat
again

I can
smile

there's
no one
to tell me
not
to hum
in public