Dogs 2014

THE STORIES THEY TELL
(9/11/14)


he stands
in the kitchen
just back
from Afghanistan

he talks
of desert
heat

riding behind
a .50 cal

fighting
other soldiers
for recreation

I talk
of Arctic
isolation

a frozen
Bering Sea

drinking
any time
that we could
get away
with it

we nod
at each other
across 30 years
of distance

barely
able to relate
to what the other
has said

finally
we revert
to bad
service food

leaves
too short

and heavy
metal
music

those things
we both
understand