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Dogs 2021

What Have You Been Up To?
(4/17/2021)


Brother Bollocks
understands

that they
may be
concerned

may be
curious

may be
simply making
conversation

but he feels
as if
he does not
need to account
for his time
to anyone

“oh
the usual”

he smiles

if anything
at all

but Brother Bollocks
does not understand
those who ask
as a challenge

ostensibly
forcing him
to justify
why he wasn’t
doing something
that they feel
more worthy

in those
cases

silence

is always
the best response

their provocation
usually diminishes
exponentially
as the question
fades
in the air

their accusatory
stare
wanders
into the distance

toward
the ground

as they realize
that no answer
is forthcoming

Brother Bollocks
holds his gaze
until another topic
is taken

or until
his inquisitor
walks
away

either
way

the point
has been
made

that our
actions

our speech

our thoughts

are accountable
to God
alone

and that
Brother Bollocks
continues
to be
an asshole