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Dogs 2018

ICE RINK
(1/1/18)

another
day

same old
drive
to work

except
that it's rather
cold
this morning
for a southern
city

the first
indication
is a busted
water main
at one
of the major
intersections
along the way

at 4 degrees
the leakage
doesn't remain
water
for long

we never
know
when circumstances
beyond our
control
will alter
our routines

one day
our lives
will change
in similar
fashion

knowing
that the cold
is coming
doesn't tell us
when

where

the damage
will occur

some roads
cannot
be excavated

the plumbing
repaired

everything
repaved
as if nothing
ever happened

the only
excavation
appropriate then
will be
a burial

our street
permanently
closed

today
I drive around
the frozen
area

go straight
as opposed
to my usual
left turn

arrive
at the office
a few minutes
late

thinking
already
of the drive
home

if there
will be
one