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Dogs 2017

DO YOU WANT TO GO HOME?
(10/2/17)

"let me
by!"

he attempts
to push past me
with his shopping
cart

he had already
gone around
the rest in line
behind me

"I'm next"

I tell him
standing
in his way

after
I turn around
he hits me
in the back
of the head

pushes
by anyway

at first
incredulity

then
anger

then
that reflective
hesitation
before acting
acquired
with age

I could
strike back

spend
the rest
of the afternoon

possibly
the night

at the police
station

I could
have the staff
call
the police
on him

spend
the rest
of the afternoon
dealing
with explanations

paperwork

"what
an asshole"

the guy
behind me
says

now
I can smile

"he hits
like a girl"

I tell
him

the next
open cashier
signals me
so I move
ahead

no damage
done

somebody
would tear the guy
a new one
some day

but it wouldn't
be me
today

I'm washing

waxing

my car
this afternoon

doing
some yard
work

I paid
with my
MasterCard

as I walked
out
I saw
the bastard

still waiting
behind someone
to check out

I raise
my bags
for him
to see

"enjoy
your Sunday"

I tell him

then walk
out
into the sunshine
to enjoy
mine