Poemdog

Dogs 2018

DEAR ERIN
(7/17/18)

I am not
much of an
uncle
to you

or
to your
brother

of course
I am not
much of a brother
to your
mother

not much
of a son
to your grandfather

not much
of a friend
to my friends

not much
of a neighbor
to my neighbors

since
I was a child
I have preferred
isolation

solitude

I don't
feel
that I can
be myself
around
others

that is my
dysfunction

my disease

none
of which
is a good reason
to miss
your wedding

a happy
day
for you

for family

for friends

oh
I could claim
legitimate
professional

financial

medical
excuses
for missing
your big event

but basically
I prefer
to defer
the personal
discomfort
of such
a hypersocial
situation

one day
I will see
you again

you
and your
husband

two happy

successful

well adjusted
adults

I will truly
be glad
to spend
a little time
with you

please
excuse me
if I cannot
stay long