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Dogs 2015

SUPPRESSED DREAD
(12/29/15)


how
do they
do it?

those
well versed
in disease

disaster

dysfunction

daily
ordinary
evil

the calamities
that await
within each
and every
second

how
do they live
normal lives?

how do they
deal
with the inconsequential
everyday affairs
as if
there were nothing
larger
with which
to worry?

cops

clerics

doctors

firemen

scientists

servicemen

know
all to well
the human exposure
to the elements

to extreme
circumstances

to each
other

but those
most familiar
with the risks
seem the least
concerned

geared differently
no doubt

perhaps
just desensitized

the rest
of us
anxious ones
exercise

take vitamins

cover
our heads

lock our
doors

change
our passwords
frequently

as if
any of those things
can really
protect us

the EMT
from down
the street
smiles

nods

and lights
a cigarette

as I jog
on by

worried
that it might
rain

afraid
of catching
cold