Poemdog

Dogs 2019

MARKED MAN
(2/1/19)


I don't
experience them
often

but once
every few
years

there
they are

herpes
sores

when
I was first
infected
in the 90s
I thought
that my life
was over

I would be
practically
on the verge
of suicide
with each
occurrence

but as time
passed
they became
simply
another element
of my nature

they are
reminders

now
I suffer
the symptoms
gladly

they are
after all
by my own hand
so to speak

I have
chosen
them

now
I see them
as validation
of my solitary
existence

I should
be alone

I have
no reason
to inflict
myself

my disease

upon others

this affliction
enables me

validates me

to live
righteously

in isolation