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Dogs 2021

Accepted Attrition
(5/28/2021)


Brother Bollocks
hurts

oh
he knows
that life
is pain

and that
some
live more
than others

but the doctors
look at his age

smile

and talk
of pain management

physical therapy

not bothering
much
to look
for a cause

for a real
problem

an actual
solution

they are paid
to pat his hand

like kindly
grandmothers

and to send
him
on his way

with prescriptions
for the
symptoms

Brother Bollocks
realizes
that so many
really suffer

are not
able to work

not able
to take care
of themselves

not able
to walk
the planet
in apparent
normality

he is
lucky

as he
limps

winces

with his
fellow
humans

throughout
another day