Dogs 2015

PEOPLE PLEASERS
(4/27/15)


be
aware

recognize
them

they do not
follow their words
with actions

avoid
them

they want
us
to like them

but paradoxically
they will break
our hearts

our spirits

our sanity

with their
smiling lies

congenital
in their natures
they will not understand
our aversion

they will
display psychic
and emotional injury
in reaction
to any rejection

but it is
merely another
involuntary ploy
of deceit

to gain
sympathy

to gain
trust

to project
guilt

to get what
they want

acceptance
at any cost

at cost
to others

obviously
not to
themselves

once
we have determined
their natural tendencies
merely engaging
them in discourse
is our death knell

there is nothing
to be gained
from communicating
with them
in any way

even
if we attempt
to edify them
of their deficiencies
they will simply
agree

smile

and promise
to do better

but they
will
not
change

they will
drain us
of every ounce
of credibility

they
have none
to lose

but
to look
in their
eyes

those beautifully
untroubled
eyes

gives us
hope

false hope
of a rebirth

out of those
primordial pools
covered
in prevaricatory
slime

but still
it coats
their skin

they
know not
the difference

be rid
of them

worry not
of their
consequences

be free

seek those
who do
as they say

even if
thery're not
as easy
to like