Old Dogs

SCALPED


I did it

and I don't feel
in the least bit
guilty
or treasonous
to the cause

I haven't
sold out
or given in
to the pressures
of a puritanical
establishment

I merely
cut my hair
for simplicity's sake
and nothing
else
it's beautiful

really

a few drops
of shampoo
instead of a handful
dry in a few minutes
instead of hours
the wind blows
the rain falls
no brush
or comb
required

I realize
now
how much time
I was spending
in front
of mirrors

primping
preening
seeing myself
so often reflected
becoming
a certain death

a character
I could
not
condone

I also know
that the new 'do
will greatly enhance
my position
in the marketplace
and the world
at large

both now
more likely
to accept
my eccentricities
of speach and action
considering a more conservative
appearance and
external demeanor

so that hopefully
they will all assume
that I'm simply a victim
of sad economic times
and not a malcontent
who would be just
as unemployable
in a booming
business
climate

the greatest
advantage
of my new disguise
will be the ability
to fool
the general populace

my now
domesticated image
completely obscuring
the fact
that I'm actually
an agent
from the outlands
of status quo

the shock
will register
that much more
when this clean-cut
young republican
hurls a heavy brick
through the window
of respectability
and entrenched
thought

for now
I'll innocently smile
keep my throwing arm
loose
and dream daily
of plate glass
shattering
in the bright
morning
sun