Poemdog

Dogs 2016

CONTRIVED LIVES
(7/21/16)


you
do not
fool us

we see
through
your charade

an obvious
sham
considering
your mirrored
existence

reflecting
others

reflecting
social media

we don't
know
if your smiles
are from the joy
of participation
in the popular

or from
a sickened realization
that you've been
swept away
in the crowded
current

doing only
what society
cites
as worthwhile

trading
your soul
for this incessant
need
to belong

so don't
project pity
when you see us
dotted singly along
these desolate
banks

we are not
missing out

we are
that much closer
to divining
the meaning
in the bedrock
beneath
this human
deluge

as you
flow
frantically by