Dogs 2014

TRAIN YOUR BRAIN
(1/4/14)


many
times a day
I hear offers
promoting online
and smart phone
services
to keep
the mind
sharp

I presume
games

puzzles

associations

to focus
mental acuity

to improve
cognitive intensity

to exercise
daily engrossment

I only
know
that if the folks
with whom
I deal
would look up
from their computers
tablets
and texting devices
every once
in awhile

recognize
the complexity
of life
around them

attach
their attentiveness
wholly
toward their environment

and at least
attempt
to interpret
those vast amounts
of real time
sensory inputs

that accidents
mistakes
and errors
in judgment
would be reduced
significantly

so would
the maimings
and deaths
that routinely
result

~

on our
nightly walk
we cross in front
of a stopped
vehicle

the driver
is looking
confusedly
at a hand held
device

I peer
through the windshield
and make out
a map displayed
there

not once
does she glance
up
at the street sign
next
to her car

we hurry
quickly
away

from one
dangerous
zone
of distraction

to the
next