Poemdog

Dogs 2019

BLOODLETTING
(2/25/19)


first
I feel
something move
on my upper
lip

then actually
hear
the drip
to my desk

looking
down
to see a nice
growing
puddle
of red

a bloody
nose
is ridiculous
at any
time

but at
work
becomes
a serious
a pain
in the ass

I grab
a paper
towel

then
with head
up

navigate
an employee free
route
to the restroom

wet
some toilet
tissue

then hide
in one
of the stalls
until some
clotting
can take
hold

a prisoner
of propriety
I wait

after
a few minutes
I gently pull
the mangled
mess
from the
nostril

drop
the scarlet plug
into the
stool

like some
nasal tampon

I decide
to leave
it there

quite
improperly

to put
a little
macabre
variety

some
sanguineous
wonder

into
someone else's
day
for a change

oh
the stories
that they
will tell