Poemdog

Dogs 2016

OF AN AGE
(12/5/16)

no matter
how much
we realize
that people
are so drastically
different

we want
to think
that those
born in the same
decade as we
would hold
some of the same
values

reflect some
of the same
appearance

have some
of the same
aspirations

what happened
to them?

was it
simply
disease?

disability?

apathy?

that caused
them to be
so physically

mentally

spiritually
lost?

we are
no
shining examples

but shit

these folks
are treading
water

struggling
for air

trying
desperately
to avoid
that sinking
death

we watch
them

give thanks
for our abilities

consider the
all too evident
alternatives

then swim
around

over
them

before
the next
birthday
laps the water
over our heads
as well