Poemdog

Dogs 2017

UNRENEWED
(5/17/17)

"Mr. Boll?

you should
come look
at this"

what
now?

all I wanted
was a new
driver's license

last month
I had been informed
that my driving privileges
were on hold
by the state
of Minnesota

two weeks
of back and forth
determined
that there was still
a DUI conviction
on the books
there

from 1987

once
I proved
that I hadn't lived
in that state
for 30 years

the hold
was begrudgingly
lifted

but apparently
there are
still problems

with my
drunken driving
record
I am not
surprised

she has already
taken
my money

my photo

my signature

my finger
prints

as I reach
her desk
she turns her
monitor
so that we're both
looking
at the same
thing

she has
my picture
from four years ago
next
to the one
that she
just took

she laughs

"quite a difference

wouldn't you say?"

I laugh
too

mainly
from relief

yes
I look
ten years older
from one
to the other

no more
drink
but a divorce
probably had
an adverse effect
upon my
appearance

she hands
me
my new plastic

nothing else
was apparently
getting
any younger

I leave
wondering
if I'd be back
four years
from now

happy
that I can
at least
drive away
today