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Poemdog

Dogs 2017

WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU?
(10/28/17)

divorce?

mother's
death?

almost
a quarter
century
of alcohol
abuse?

they think
that something
must've altered
my personality
over the years

attitudes
like mine
are assumed
not to have
erupted
from the
womb

but
they never knew
that moody

morose

confused
child

sitting alone
in his room

fixated
upon death

his

everyone
else's

knowing
that everything
he did

could be
the last thing
that he did

cancer

carwreck

tornado

crime

war

a litany
of fatal possibilities
consumed
his thinking
process

as he prepared
for school
each day

as he
pretended
to play

how
could he take
any
of society's
machinations
seriously?

he didn't

I don't

they're all
a joke

so when
I don't
get excited
about your
social
consternations

know
that you can't
talk me

can't love
me

into caring

that moment
passed

so long
ago

there is
a bright side
however

I will never
lie
to you