Poemdog

Dogs 2018

CHARACTER ASSIGNATION
(11/28/18)


you threaten
to shame me

to ruin
my reputation

I tell
you
that I have
none

I exhausted
my shame

depleted
my reputation

burned away
any concern
with 25 years
of practiced
alcoholism

I have
no standing
in society
left
to damage

I already
live
in isolation

if you publicly
declared me
a pervert

a dope fiend

a Satan worshiper

my day to day
existence
would hardly
change at all

I would still
see
the same
very limited
number
of people

still have
the same amount
of infrequent
conversations

as before
any accusation
that you could
broadcast

go ahead

drag
my name
through the
dirt

I have survived
far beneath
in the underground
for so long

I wouldn't
even hear
your timid scratchings
upon the surface

I no longer
feel
any fear
of social critique

I am responsible
to God
alone

and God
does not deal
in rumor

in innuendo

there is only
the truth
of my eventual
judgment

if I am
prepared
for that

nothing
that you can
say

nothing
that you can
do

will touch
me
here

now

please

do not waste
any more
of my time
with your
bluffs

just do
what you have
to do

and live
with the disappointment
of your impotent
affectations