Dogs 2015

GROUNDSKEEPER
(9/14/15)


Brother Bollocks
walks
the same path
almost every
day

dirt

fine gravel

the material
provides
easy footfalls
far removed
from the concrete
madness
of the city

an out
of the way
spot
he moves
about
mostly alone

he notices
only occasional
foreign foot
or paw prints

one day
he arrives
to find
a maintenance crew
digging up
portions
of the track
to get
at the infrastructure
underneath

Brother Bollocks
is forced
to alter
his route

backtrack
instead
of circle

weeks later

excavation
complete

new
coarse gravel
has been dumped
to resurface
the affected
area

his course
restored
Brother Bollocks
resumes
his roundabout
routine

now
however
the large stones
along the recently
renovated stretch
bother
his feet

he begins
picking up
the largest
sharpest
offenders

tossing them
to the wayside

he realizes
the futility
of his chore
but as the
weeks

months
pass

progress
is slowly
made

the rocks
grow smaller
and smaller

the trail
gradually returns
to a smoother
surface

the work
provides him
some sense
of satisfaction

Brother Bollocks
wonders
if any other
pedestrians
notice
his effort

notice
his insanity

he sees
the stones
now bordering
the path

considers
moving them
even farther
away