Dogs 2015

ISOLATED DUTY
(8/23/15)


they
would throw us
on a rock
at some end
of the earth

then crowd
us
together
in cramped
quarters

the life
seemed anything
but isolated

now
I live
in a medium sized
South Plains
city

deal with
far fewer
people

the result
of primarily
a post divorce
low income
lifestyle

I can't say
that I actually
miss
the human
contact

I have been
a solitary creature
since birth

my only
life problems
have been caused
by the belief
that I must join
my fellow earthlings
in their favored
activities

at least
I tried

or at least
went through
the motions

never really
believing them

those attempts
comfort me
in knowing
that I'm actually
missing nothing

my footsteps
echo
in an empty
house

on empty
streets

a depopulated
existence
so full
of everything
that I really
need