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beware of dog
by Ben Newell
If Iíve recently sent you
a
fresh batch
of poems
it means Iím in one of my
manic phases,
not manic in the DSM sense,
just
that Iím hearing
voices;
actually
one voice
and only when
Iím
in my apt.ó

The voice
wonít
shut the fuck up,
reaching Defcon-5
late at night;
I try
to appease
by
turning on the nightstand lamp
and
jotting something
in
my notebook.   

Still,
donít misinterpret
what Iím trying
to say;
not voice
in the
David Berkowitz/Son of Sam sense;
my
neighborís dog
isnít ordering me
to go out into the night
and annihilate random people;
heís
just ordering me
to get up off my ass
and
write a poem
or two.

And
if you think
Iím a
chicken shit
writing
chicken shit poems
itís only because
you
havenít heard
my neighborís dog.
April 2014
144