Poemdog

Dogs 2021

Ancestral Stare
(7/23/2021)


Brother Bollocks
looks through
photographs
of long dead
relatives

he sees
himself
in their
faces

he feels
their presence
behind
his eyes

black

white

sepia
mirrors
of genetic
shadows

he feels
judgement
in their
gazes

or possibly
he projects
his own
despair

Brother Bollocks
wonders
at their thoughts
captured
by flashes

hope?

happiness?

resignation?

self-affirmation?

again
maybe only
subjective
views

they smiled

or didn’t

then
died

as soon
would
he

"Cheese!"