Poemdog

Dogs 2019

PEEPING CALM
(2/12/19)


from above
my kitchen
sink

I see
the garage

the backyard

the backs
of the houses
on the next
street

none
of us
draw our blinds
on these
rear windows

there seems
no need

my lot
sits high
by comparison
to the others

so I look
down a bit
into their
kitchens

living rooms

bedrooms

seeing
my neighbors
cook

seeing them
watch TV

seeing them
get ready
to turn in
for the night

I'm only
at this window
for the time
that it takes
to prepare
a meal

to clean
up
after

so I feel
no criminality

no perversion
issues
are present

if they were
ever
to look up

they'd
see me
here

I'd be
rinsing
vegetables

washing
dishes

although
they wouldn't
be able see
any of my movements
from the chest
down

I hope
that no offense
would be
taken

I am not
fixated upon
their activities

merely
aware

as someone
alone

who spends
60 hours
a week
in a windowless
office

might tend
to be