Dogs 2014

TENUOUS TINDER
(6/12/14)


the boiler
is an echo
but still
you must
power through

miming
the motions
and hoping
some higher
power
will puppeteer
your exhausted
movements

one word
is a start

then
there's an
all too obvious
companion
but you
don't care
because there's
no energy
left
to be truly
creative

next
a stanza
is miraculously
complete

the blackened
dross
first discovered
proves
to be embers

there
may never
be a fire
again
but to generate
enough heat
to take
the chill
from the hands
would be more
than satisfactory

you've begun
a second page
and all
that you had
when you sat
at this desk
was a title

the thermometer
of meaning
registers
just a bubble
above zero
but there is
a degree
of futility
that almost
causes a laugh

and
if laughter
is kindled
there's still hope
for a full fired
conflagration
to warm more
than just
a chair
in this room

enough
thermal activity
to hopefully cause
me to rise
in due time

words
are sometime
the fuel
for living life
again

for
one more
afternoon
anyway