Poemdog

Dogs 2016

NECESSARY BURDENS
(1/1/2016)


she's not
happy

she's been
saying that
repeatedly
in no uncertain
terms

but he's blocked
her discontent
for quite
some time

he knows
that no matter
the temporary fix
to her immediate
want
that another
fleeting desire
will arise
in the oh
so near future

for some reason
she considers
her happiness
his responsibility

not
her own

he's thinking
of ants

carrying
much more
than their body
weight

on a daily
basis

for the needs
of the colony

at the behest
of the queen

he knows
that the insect
is too small
to consider
its large
never ending task

he envies
the unthinking
obedience
to nature

he derives
some small comfort
from knowing
that right now
ants
are laboring away
as she speaks

that ants
will continue
along their paths
long after
he's gone

"are you
listening
to me?

have you
heard a word
that I've said?

what
are you going
to do
about this?"