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Dogs 2019

REAL MAN
(10/19/19)


he's
a big
guy

cap
pulled down
tight

t-shirt
too small

gut hanging
out
up front

always
in a moment
of labored
breathing

I walk
by his house
often

his garage
packed
with work
benches

power
tools

hand
tools

parts
of every
description

he is constantly
working
on cars

appliances

yard
equipment

or hobby
items

he has
a shop
that imagined
one day having
as a kid

everything
that a man
should have

everything
that a man
should be
doing

but somewhere
along the line

due to experience

due to environment

due to drink

I lost
those desires

all of those
worldly
wants

I walk
by his house
often

glance
to appraise
the currently
project

but I am
more focused
upon the sky

the trees

the pavement
beneath
my feet

I feel
as if
I've progressed
along some path
of self discovery

in some form

in some fashion

I feel
some spiritual
purpose

but try
explaining that
to a woman

they see
inactivity

inattention

a general
apathy
for the social
nature
of existence

they see
little
potential
for success

for a
relationship

and knowing
what I know
now

I understand

completely

I'll leave
the big bellies
to them

I'll leave them

and walk
on by
it all