Dogs 2014

THE BRAVERY OF COMFORT
(12/22/14)


it's easy
to be unafraid
of death
when I am
warm

well fed

relatively healthy
and content

at such times
I consider
my demise
disdainfully

as a bothersome
but certain
eventuality
in the far
distant future

however
cast me out
into the streets
with little protection
clothing
or funds

and death
becomes
a prickly shroud
of now

promising
stabbing pain
without relief

smothering me
in my weakness

the circumstances
are immediate

immutable

then
I have
the fear

fear
of a suffering
life

of a lingering
death

I whine
in the darkness

looking through
illuminated
windows

at the fortunate

at the blessed

so unaware
of the thin
curtains
of time
between them
and me

all of those
comfortable
years
meaning nothing
compared
to a few mintues
alone
in the cold
unforgiving
night