"PISSING IN THE SAME SPOT OVER AND OVER LIKE A DOG WITH ALZHEIMER’S"
There’s more territory out there, don’t you know?
You, person who might have been you.
You used to want to roam
so far so bad you’d strangle yourself
on the leash to get to nothing but the need
to get to somewhere else, poor dog
or whatever you are.
Here you are forgetting where you just were
or where you want to be,
so present in the moment of relief.
What you’ve got left: your
ability to slowly eat, see
the liquid through your body, pee, recognize
shape and scene
though not what they mean
or connect you to, you
close-to-blind canine Buddha being
setting down your leg,
your tail already in a coma,
your nose playing tricks on you.
You are born again again.
"PISSING IN THE SAME SPOT OVER AND OVER LIKE A DOG WITH ALZHEIMER’S" is from Alx's new collection of poems DARWIN'S BOOK OF SAINTS, which is available for pre-order from Aurore Press in Cincinnati and will be published this month. "If you think you don’t like poetry, I bet you’ll like this poetry. If you do like poetry, you’ll need this book to carry on." — Matt Hart