Poemdog

Dogs 2016

A GENTLE ITCH
(2/16/16)


it's
like that

mostly
a mild

persistent

irritation

unless we
pick

poke

obsess

then age
seems
like an irreversible
disaster

sucking
the enjoyment
from
our present
day

leaving
us hopeless

depressed

fearing
our deaths

forgetting
to revel
in the miracle
of another
breath

another
heartbeat

because
when life
is reduced
to those fundamental
elements

we begin
to sense
something different

we begin
to sense
our immortality

our place
in the universe

eventually
however
the world
returns

those
essential sensations
fade

we are left
again

scratching
at the surface