Dogs 2015

A BREED APART
(6/10/15)


I see
him
from about
a quarter
mile away

standing
in the road

looking
down
at his vehicle
declined 45 degrees
front first
into the very
muddy
deep
ditch

well
I think

he's fucked

as I walk
closer
I notice
that he holds
a phone
in his hand

good

a call
for help
was needed

but while
he pushes
some buttons
he seems not
to be talking

finally
he puts the device
up to an eye
and begins
taking pictures
of his predicament

getting ready
for the insurance
company
no doubt

smart

but then
he goes down
the slope

opens
the drivers
door

and gets
in

he starts
the SUV
and I was
close enough
to hear him
shift
into some unholy
low gear

the vehicle
growls
as if displeased

then he
applies the gas
and slowly
but powerfully
bottoms out
then begins to climb
the other side
until he is
on level ground
again

amazing

what
he is driving
looks to be
a typical
street ride

but there is
apparently
something hidden
in the inner
workings

he gets
out

takes a few
more pictures

gets back
in

drives
about 50 yards
through a parking
lot

then back
down

again

into
the ditch

stupid

I walk
for about 45
minutes
around the area

watching him
repeat the act
four different
times
before finally
leaving

he is
apparently
proud
of his ability

~

back
in the day
I used to
wander into
seemingly impossible
situations
just to see

I think

if I could
extricate
myself

mostly
I did

with just
a hint
of pride

at times
however
I needed help

tows
of many
varieties

bail money

extended loans

temporary
places
to crash

I survived
each circumstance
of course

looking
little worse
for the
wear

but I always
carried
a bit of dirt

a bit
of blood

beneath my
nails

and still
do