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Dogs 2016

CHECK ENGINE LIGHT
(3/10/16)


I'm tired

I just want
to drive home

I don't
want to consider
any automotive
problems

but the warning
glows at me
from the dashboard

now what?

a hundred things
go through my head

number one
is that I
can't afford
any major repairs
right now

finally
I pull into
the garage

raise
the hood

disconnect
the battery cables

hoping for some
computer reset
miracle

I go into
the house

change clothes

then return
to reconnect
the power

as I'm leaning
over the engine
dizziness
hits me

the lights
fade

I grab
a fender
just in time
to maintain
my balance

now what
x2?

can't afford
a mechanic
or a doctor
at this point

when I'm
confident
of my stability
again
I reattached
everything

close
it all up

the big test
can wait
until morning

I have nowhere
to go tonight
but down
for the count

hoping
that I don't awake
with my hood
raised

someone
fiddling with my
cables