Poemdog

Dogs 2016

HANDSHAKE
(8/23/16)

oh shit

here
it comes

maintain
eye contact

extend the arm
far enough
so that I
don't get
one of those
finger crimping
dainty shakes

as if he
were going
to plant a kiss
on the back
of my hand

keep
the grip firm
but don't turn it
into a contest
for strength

release quickly
so as not to seem
to be giving
a chiropractic
adjustment

resist
the impulse
to think about
bodily fluids

bad food

and wiping
my palm
on my pants

it is done

success

you both
smile
as you continue
to stare
into each other's
eyes

fucking
ridiculous

all of this
unwanted
human contact
wasted
upon a used car
salesman

as if
I will get
a better
deal