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Dogs 2019

OBVIOUS ATROCITIES
(7/22/19)


Brother Bollocks
was never
fooled

not as
a young
child

not as
a distracted
teen

not as
a drunken
adult

they may
have thought
that they had
him figured

contained

marginalized

but he was
merely
playing along

attempting
to avoid
any societal
friction

smiling

saying

doing
the right
things

Brother Bollocks
now lives quietly
amongst them

but not
as one
of them

he has
dropped
most pretense

maintaining only
a minimal disguise
of familiarity

in order
to move about
undetected

unrecognized

unfettered

he is
a ghost

haunting
their
world

laughing
from the shadows

from the extremities
of their supposed
reality

accepting
only what
he needs
to maintain
his corporal
existence

but
no longer
putting his
soul
at risk

Brother Bollocks
has died
to their world

resting
within the
peace
of his beating
heart