Dogs 2015

ANNUAL REPORT
(1/27/15)


simple
counts

simple
numbers

simple
arithmetic

addition

subtraction

rows
and columns
of totals
framing
this picture
of the year's
business

they
cannot
be denied

they simply
are

they are
however
complicated
beyond their kin
by disparate appraisers
with their
desperate interpretations

like
an eye
judging
the imperfections
of a diamond

different people

depending upon
their temperaments

their histories

see different
things
of relative
importance

relative
insignificance

a numerical
report
is just the palette
from which
a painting
of explanation
begins

numbers
represent
a reality
but are not
actually a reality
themselves

yet
the determinations
derived from them
can be very real
indeed

no wonder
we are such
a neurotic race

we place
so much faith
upon that
which we have
created
to represent
our world

not the world
itself

we have
progressed
very little
from the outlook
of our ancestors

our superstitions
only appear
more sophisticated

more scientific

they tell us
practically nothing
of our fate

we still
create that
out of a vacuum
of our belief

with our
actions

when
these various
sheaves of summation
are finally burned
for warmth

they may
actually
have some meaning
after all