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Dogs 2016

ASSUMED AFFRONTS
(10/19/16)

we're
a sensitive
lot

perceiving
insults
of every form

fashion

at every
turn
in our lives

from a glance

a pose

an overheard
comment

a threatening
vehicular
movement

most
of the supposed
perpetrators
don't even know
that we exist

we create
so much
internal conflict
when there is no
external evidence
to support
such strife

we seem
to need
some sort of
adversity

some sort of
adversary

to have
a purpose

to feel
complete

so we
populate
our mental jungles
with predators

with prey

of every
kind

to keep
us alert

to validate
our existence

for without
such psychoprovocations
we would feel

alone

with only
ourselves
to blame

for the
meaningless nature
of our modern
lives