Poemdog

Dogs 2021

Lessening Expectations
(11/25/2021)


Brother Bollocks
has felt
this way
since youth

life is
not
a job

an obligation

but a
gift

a fortuitous
escape
from the infinite
inanimate mass
of the universe

and should
be lived
in realization
of such
grace

in recent
years
he has truly
a legitimate excuse
to espouse
such a notion

he is
old

becoming
exempt
from general
societal
surmise

great
accomplishments
no longer
expected

if Brother Bollocks
does nothing
for a day

no one
has
a defaming word
to cast

of course
with the increasing
idle time

they may
suppose
a participation
in good works

a penchant
for charitable
contribution

but he sees
everyone
as already benefactors
of the most sublime
benefit

what
could he
really
add?

anything
else

would be
distraction

diminishment

an appreciation
of the original
miracle
the only real
addition
that can truly
be given

a gratefulness
that can be
realized
in any circumstance

a real time
connection
to the vigor
and virtue
of life

to the
power
and comfort
of God

the source
of every smile
in the hell
that we create
for ourselves