Poemdog

Dogs 2019

LIVE TO WRITE ANOTHER DAY
(12/31/19)


I used
to drink
when I
was bored

when nothing
was happening

alcohol caused
any number
of things
to happen

usually
bad

but sorting
out
the bad things
kept me
occupied

keeping me
paradoxically
sober

now
many years
after
my last
drink

I write
for very much
the same
reason

to keep
the routine
from eating me
alive

but with
job loss

vehicle loss

home loss

the last
half year
has been very
eventful

I seem
to have more
to do
than time
to do
it

sooner
or later
this frenetic
activity
will fade

I will again
have the leisure

the inclination
to write
about it all

but
until the kinetic
tide
recedes

there is
nothing to do
but to deal
with this
surfeit
of surf

to keep
the nostrils
just a bit above
the waterline

treading
water
continually

until
the fingers
are dry
enough

to type
once again