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Dogs 2018

WILD WEST
(10/26/18)


during
the week
I spend
more time
at the office
than at
home

I miss out
on the neighborhood
dramas

the fights

the affairs

the vandals

the trespassers

the suicides

I arrive
at my house
each night
oblivious
to the local
goings-on

sooner
or later
one of the neighbors
will
fill me in

I would be
just as well
not knowing

this week
there was
an arrest warrant
served

just five
blocks
away

SWAT team

helicopters

armored
assault
vehicle

the man
in question
sent his family
out first

a woman
(not described
as his wife)

two children

then once
they were clear
he stepped
out onto
the porch

began
firing
at the officers

of course
they fired
back

he was
killed

the woman
arrested
on drug
changes

the kids
carried away
in care
of The State

hours
later
as I
walked by

there
was only
some yellow
"DO NOT CROSS"
tape
to mark
the spot

no blood

no shell
casings

but grass

weeds

grown
up over
the curb

tall
against
the house

hopefully
the next
inhabitant
would do
a better job
with the
yard

oh

and not
be
a gun-toting
drug fiend

yeah
that