The Safe Distance Silence


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A silence abounds when we make our rounds,
for my two dogs and I on our walks.
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There are houses with spouses,
with singles, and what-not’s.
They don’t wave, they won’t smile,
much less will they  talk.
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This silence astounds on these daily done rounds,
it’s the sound of a safe distance silence.
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Some cut-level looks, non-verbal announcements,
signals potential to some low-level violence.
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”Don’t tread on me!” kinetic pronouncements
are the sounds of a safe distance silence.
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One day, one time, on one of these walks,
a man began ambling our way.
Amazing, I’m thinking, this man wants to talk.
This should be surprising to hear what he’ll say.
This also might mean I might have mistaken
the spouses in houses, the singles, and what-not’s.
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So I greeted and smiled even after he’d spoken.
 ~
He looked at me squarely, unfriendly and said:
”Fella!
This ain’t no dog walking area!”

Copyright © 2011 Marvin Loyd Welborn. All Rights Reserved.

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Comments

  1. Marvin,
    You brought out an episode which might inadvertently provoke untold violence. In all innocence our desire to be nice is misconstrued. Great write!

    Hank

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  2. I can feel that dog-walking rhythm in this–I’ve come back to the house with several poems in that meter after a walk with my behemoth Chinook. My neighborhood is pretty friendly though–yours has a feel of barely controlled anger, undercurrents of tension. Good stuff.

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  3. Too much scare-tactic news, too many cars isolating us from our community; we don’t know our neighbors and the concept of village is missing. We live in boxes – computer, televisions and scare ourselves to death. There are islands of neighborhoods and still a few small towns but self-preservation prevails and fear abounds. Well written!

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