Poemdog

Dogs 2019

A MATTER OF PROCEDURE
(6/16/19)


rules

policies

regulations

they are
legion

the are
never-ending

they are
ever-changing

certain sections
lapse
into antiquity

new conditions
rise
all too frequently

loopholes
emerge
where none
previously existed
per the prevailing
winds of syntax

we are forced
to reassess

review

revise
on a continual
basis

they are
living
entities

some
beginning
before us

certainly
all
clinging to life
long after
we are gone

once
created
they are
as swamps

churning

undulating

simmering
cesspools
of metamorphosis

even
chameleons
are challenged
to keep up
with the
wavering hues
of intent

lawyers
wade
through the
muck

maintained
on retainers

attempting
to cling
to some semblance
of structure

we
common folk
have little
chance

grasping
for a clause
here and there
that may
further
our cause

but mainly
we are
confused

left
to trust
a higher
power

to deliver
us
from that
which we
make