Poemdog

Dogs 2018

ANY GIVEN SECOND
(2/15/18)

"you could
go
before I do"

my dying
mother
had said to me
as we were making
her cremation
arrangements

she was
right
of course

even though
I didn't

however
as adults
we have to
accept
that daily
possibility

but when
17 kids
go off to
school

with far more
concern
for embarrassment
than death

and never
make it home
due to another
lone gunman

we have
to wonder
what to tell
the children
every day

as they
leave
their homes
to go out
into the
world

"you could
go
before I do"