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Dogs 2019

THE THINGS BETWEEN US
(4/23/19)


out
there
in the
world

we hold
back
our true
natures

for fear
of exposure

for dread
of rejection

we project
impressions
that we deem
appropriate

then
we see only
the projections
of others

twisting
them a bit
for our
benefit

in order
to deal
with more
comfortable
knowns

unfounded
hopes

we really
never experience
each other

instead
in the
middle
we erect
a stage

where
we dance
our puppets
of pretend

doing
the dos

saying
the says

that we
expect
from each
other

all
the while
imagining

how we
wish
these relationships
to be

but
in the
end

we go
our separate
ways

disappointed

resentful

that
neither of us
responded
to our
own

or to
each other's
satisfaction

we communicate
in lies

we exist
in conflict

even
with those
whom we
love

programmed
by society
to act
in a manner
appropriate

for society's
gain

never
for our
own

no wonder
we created
a god
of our
understanding

the biggest
puppet
of them all