Poemdog

Dogs 2016

THE SECOND
(1/15/2016)


an expected
haphazard
"yes"
has led me
to this

dying
in the dirt
from a dueling
wound

pathetic

but
what else
could I have
said?

he was
my best
friend

I was only
to ensure
that the event
was conducted
properly

I had
no idea
that he might
abscond

but then
no one
really knows
until after the fact
another's
true intent

in this
case
his intentions
were to escape
from his
responsibilities

to escape
with my wife
as well

they
are no doubt
fleeing together
as the blood
drains from
me

someone
told me
that duels
were a thing
of the past

that this
may be
the last one
ever held
in this region

what
an ignominious
fate

to be
the last
noble idiot
to die

by a fight
not
my own

at least
I shall be
remembered
as doing
the right thing

I hope
that they etch
something
appropriate
upon my stone