Both sides of the road

The stick is wider than the path
and is hanging out of both sides
of the dog’s mouth like a fisherman
showing off his afternoon.
Strangers are smiling as they step
into the road to let him by.
They are willing to die
for him to do what makes him happy.
A man in a bottom of the ocean black suit
is on the other side of the street,
his steps not reaching their potential.
The blue tooth headset in his ears
makes it look like he is telling the world
I’m not sure how long I can do this.
Nobody breaks their stride.

© Carl Burkitt 2022

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