Poemdog

Dogs 2021

Misery Management
(12/17/2021)


Brother Bollocks
is growing
old

growing exhausted
with his hurts

the aches

the spasms

inflammation

tendonitis

arthritis

bone spurs

but he realizes
they are all
evidence
of life

and however
they may alter
his perceptions
of existence

they are
still
perceptions

luxuries
not afforded
the dead

Brother Bollocks
decides
to abstain
from the pain
relievers

the pills

the patches

the creams

ointments

and salves

heating pads

cold packs

compression
sleeves

instead
he will
experience

he will
accept

his minor
torments
as they
are

learn
to suffer
them
in silence

but quite
possibly
no longer
with a
smile