Poemdog

Dogs 2019

UNREPEATABLE PASTS
(7/17/19)


the addicts

the alcoholics

and most
of the rest
of disaffected
individuals

when they
suffer a little
present day
pain

anxiety

melancholy

they want
to return

they want
to go back

to the way
that things
used to be

before the
decisions
were made

that led
them
to this less
than desirable
now

how do
you communicate
with such
creatures?

with these
denizens
of denial?

who if
they were
so happy
then

would not
be in front
of us
now

we tell
them that
there are no
yesterdays
in their
future

that those
times

those
places

those people
as they were

no longer
exist

their memories
are fantasies

daydreams

that they
can only
move forward
from this
moment

then from
the next

we point
ahead

suggest
a step

advise
forgetting
where the
trailing foot
had tread