Poemdog

Dogs 2019

PARTICLE BOARD CHIC
(10/28/19)


the “furniture”
looked decent
in the store

coming out
of the box
however
the parts
and pieces
seem more
like a cardboard
kids game

or maybe
cardboard
on steroids

nothing
was assembled

I would
know
each flaw
in these cheap
furnishings
like the
increasing wrinkles
of my skin

and as
with those
I will only
hope
that no one
else
will notice

too much

I read
the first
instruction
realizing
that this
would be an
all day
project

I might
be able
to learn to make
real furniture
in less
time

Robert Pirsig
would call this
a form
of sculpture

perhaps
if the medium
were Play-Doh

many hours
later
I am done

from a distance
none of it
looks
that bad

but I know
what's
underneath

what's inside

uneven
edges

stripped
holes
and hardware

a soul
of a
scrapheap

oh well

another
of the benefits
of living
alone

far from
relatives

bereft
of friends

I turn
off
the lights

the silhouettes
of my surroundings
looking
quite lovely