Dogs 2014

SCENE 28
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a small
group
of men and women
huddled together

hugging

weeping

consoling
each other

so typical

we've seen
or read
about such
moments
for all
of our lives

I wonder
how many
are genuine

how many
are contrived
because it is
what
is expected

I would act

pretend
such feelings
to mime those
around me

to belong

I no longer
care
about belonging

I am not
overcome
with the emotion
of any moment

I shed
no tears

I reach
for no
other

when those
negative
human events
unfold

I take comfort

I derive
inner warmth

just from
the fact
that I am still
alive

what else
is there?

no grasping
of flesh
or empathic
murmurings
can make that
fact
either more
or less certain

I exist

there is
nothing
more comforting
to me
than that