Poemdog

Dogs 2017

VACUUM VISIONS
(4/6/17)

I see him
on a regular
basis

about
my age
he lives along
my walking
route

nice house

nice wife

nice business

his business

he talks
to me
just enough
for me to know
these things

he also
mentions
hobbies

vacations

retirement
plans

all sounding
like great
conventional
ideas

I nod
in silence
as he speaks

knowing
that I should
want
the same

but somewhere
aside
the thinking
process

I sense
an emptiness

a void
between
what is achieved

and what
is truly
worthwhile

he pauses

as he usually
does

waiting
for a response

a response
that is always
the same

I tell him
that I should
get back
to my walk

in order
to fulfill
my own needs

the only
way
I know
how



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