Poemdog

Dogs 2017

UNDERCURRENT
(5/16/17)

there's
an unnamed
anger

a hatred

that runs
just below
the skin

like the
continual
60 Hz hum
of electrical
appliances

this madness
seems always
with us

we don't
understand
the sensation

but the
negative energy
arcs out
at times

in amazing
lightning flashes
of hostility

the targets
often
indiscriminate

as when
the lull
of a musical chair
melody
suddenly snaps
to a frenetic
quiet

any chair
will do

the buzz
continually
irritates

zaps
our psyches
to the breaking
point

then

when we
finally do
react

those of us
who are not
psychopaths
are startled
by a shock
of shame

feeling out
of control

vicious
like criminals

we vow
to do
better

but know
that as long
as we're plugged in
to humanity

that a potential
voltage
of genetic
violence
awaits

with the switch
apparently in hands
other
than our own