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Dogs 2017

MIRROR ME
(2/16/17)

I am not
that far removed
from the same
situation

I tell myself
this
as he teeters

he slurs

he reeks
of alcohol

I know
that whatever
I say to him
will be
forgotten
in the fog
of tomorrow

I could only
remember
that someone
was upset
with me
the day before

but I say
the words
anyway

with the hope
that some
will stick

he's sorry

he says

again

I could've
had that word
tattooed
to my forehead

I feel as if
I earned
that word
with my carelessness

now
it echoes
back to me
from a 17 year
canyon

I send him
home

hope
for his sobriety
tomorrow

for a conversation
finally realized