Dogs 2015

COMMUTE'S END
(12/11/15)


I stand
basking
in the late morning
sunshine
of the office
parking lot

enjoying
a few minutes
outdoors
on break

watching
the flow
of vehicles
pass by
on the interstate

thinking
that just a few
hours ago

only a few
hundred yards
away

a car crashed
into the abutment
of the nearest
overpass

burst
into flames

they have yet
to determine
if the casualty
perished
as a result
of the collision

or
from the subsequent
fire

how horrible

I wonder
at the last
normal thought
of the victim

work?

traffic?

family?

the coming
Christmas holiday?

a thousand
different things
other
than death
no doubt

it's a beautiful
mild day
for December

I turn
to go back
to work

grateful
that I can