Dogs 2014

SECOND CHANCE
(6/19/14)


"after
my cancer
scare
I decided
that life's
too short

so I started
trying
new things"

she mentioned
a list
of hobbies

events

places

ersatz adventures
that people
have been doing
and seeing
for decades

centuries

millennia

what she
meant to say
is that she's trying
marginally different
things
for her

predictable things

safe things

her statements
were meant
to guilt me
into trying them
along
with her

when surviving
disease or disaster
with an opportunity
to recreate
their lives
people
invariably revert
to previous
routine

"you need
to get out
of your comfort
zone
and really
live!"

I turned
away
and took
a four mile walk
through the
neighborhood

through
a dilapidated
industrial
area

I watched
a mocking bird
incessantly pestering
a solitary
crow

life
is too short
indeed