Old Dogs

REQUIEM FOR A FROZEN TOWN


cold
layered upon
cold
layered upon
compressed
solitude

all hope
escapes
filtering through
the recesses
of darkened dreams

monks fleeing
devils of depression
in houses
of scarlet
femininity

music exudes
confidence
quiet and soothing
lacking only
the coalescence
of thought lost
in surrounding woods
colored grey with decay
deserting the spark of life
that once consumed
tinder of challenge
and opportunity

more beer slopped
in glasses hazed
with reminiscences
of past consumption
avoiding confrontation
through staggered
sidestepping

rabbits
with headlight eyes
touching the death
that thrives
at life's summit
only to return
to darkness
on the other side
of the road