Poemdog

Dogs 2019

OLD LUST
(5/31/19)


the attraction

the fascination

the horniness

are still
there

but now
they are tempered
by a history
of past
defeats

we have
learned
to project beyond
that first date

to imagine
the relational
failures
that will follow

we know
that we may
be able
to overcome
our lesser
natures
for a time

even
hold out
faint hope
for an original
outcome

but we
know
in the long
run
that we shall
revert
to form

sabotage
any success

return
to our respective
solitudes

so like
that next
drink
portending
the downfall
of an alcoholic

we see
the same
for that next
kiss

that next
misadventure
of social
misfitness

we now
know
better

so we
keep
our pants
on

hands
in pockets

and move
on
down
the road

alone