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Dogs 2017

STAGED SANITY
(4/29/17)

we're OK
for a few
days

maybe for
a few weeks

eventually
however
we detect
a prop

a fellow
actor

and our
discomfort
with modern life
returns

everything
manmade
appears two
dimensional

cut out

the words

the actions

seem scripted

false

we wonder
why we are exerting
so much energy
in playing
our parts

we are exhausted
with the endeavor

others sense
our questioning

our weakness

begin looking
for some civilized
means
to mitigate
our dropped
lines

our missed
marks

but just
as we are balancing
on the brink
of theatrical oblivion

a payday

a holiday

a hug
arrives
to dispel
our discouragement

to restore
our corroded
confidence
in the illusion

for at least
another day

our smiles

their smiles
return

the play
roles on



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