Dogs 2015

GULAG EFFECT
(4/15/15)


I remember
reading
Solzhenitsyn
so many years
ago

what struck me
most
was his realization
that he would have
to let go
those conventions
of health
and appearance

he had
to focus
on survival
after all

now
back from
the dentist
with one less
tooth

I realize
that I must
relinquish
certain notions
of my own

such as
smiling

during my exile
to this
gapped dental
archipelago