Poemdog

Dogs 2018

LAST TO KNOW
(9/28/18)

they're
upset

they're
angry

they're
frustrated
with me

they
assume
that I know
how to handle
the social
situations
that they take
oh so easily
for granted

I do
not

I have
no idea
what they want
from me

I perceive
at times
that they are
providing me
hints

clues

as to
their
needs

as to
their
desires

but they
believe

very
strongly

that I
should already
recognize
those things

that I
should have
already acted
upon them

without
being asked

without
being told
to do so

they
see me
as stubborn

apathetic

and just
a bit
dim

I am
none
of those
of things

they must
simply
treat me
as someone
new
to the language

talk to me
as if
a child
in their ways

then

maybe

their myriad
of masked motivations
concerning
our interactions
will be
revealed
to me

but
they will not
say
a word

if I infrequently
discover
their intentions
at all

usually
by accident

or due
to far future
disclosures

the time
for my expected
performance
has long since
past

we can
only
shake our heads
at the missed
opportunities

the unrealized
relations

and go
our separate
ways

one of us
perhaps
with regrets