Poemdog

Dogs 2019

COMMON COURTESY
(7/25/19)


we
no longer
expect
decency

we
simply settle
for a pretense
of civility

a mimicry
of the
motions

as long
as you are not
just outright
rude

we will
suffer
your presence

your
malversations

and
in the end
we will nod
in acknowledgment

walk
quietly away

knowing
that we were
all lying
through
smiling teeth

making
at least
a pretty picture
for our
social media