Poemdog

Dogs 2016

THEY WAVE
(6/20/16)


13 years
of walking
the same
neighborhood

a known
quantity

a pet
they don't
have to feed

to cleanup
after

at least
not yet

my name
is a
mystery

but
from time
to time

I'll see
a hand
materialize

a smile

from
a yard

from
a porch

from a heavily
tinted
mobile wonderland

I'll nod

actually
respond in kind
if I recognize
the person

the vehicle

I keep
my gait
constant

I don't want
to encourage
conversation

I'm actually
inclined
to ignore them
completely

but then
I'd be
the asshole

instead of that
"poor old fart"
always wandering
the streets
alone

I do strive
to maintain
my harmless

my anonymous
status
in the community

I don't
want
to give myself
away

this is actually
the best part
of my day

I'm in sync
with the planet
again

I belong

I love
this
life

a secret
for me

poor
old fart
indeed