monkey wrenching around

30 May

we’re waiting at the garage.
it’s raining.
the cars are jacked up and
i don’t know what’s more amazing;
the way my friend squints her eyes
and observes the trail of a muffler into the car’s body or
that german shepherd tied to a pole;
its ears fully erect like antenaes
nose pulsating
tongue lapping up air.
that dog is in a constant state of focus.


4 Responses to “monkey wrenching around”

  1. kvennarad May 31, 2014 at 4:04 am #

    No wonder they called Greek philosophers who lived in-the-moment ‘cynic’.

    • steve May 31, 2014 at 9:36 am #

      interesting. I didn’t know cynic and sarcastic were so interchangeable and didn’t know either had anything to do with living in the moment. Maybe online etymology doesn’t tell the whole story.

      • kvennarad June 1, 2014 at 4:38 am #

        ‘Cynic’ literally means ‘dog-like’ or ‘canine’. The cynic school advocated living according to one’s human/animal nature, thus ‘in-the-moment’. It’s modern meaning, implying a sneering attitude to all that is valued in society, has been accreted from God-knows-where. The old tag that ‘a cynic is someone who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing’ is actually untrue by 180 degrees.

        • steve June 1, 2014 at 9:23 am #

          Marie, Thanks for the explication; head to toe. And now that I think about it, I’ve never seen a dog smile and they always appear a bit investigative and suspicious except when I happen to be carrying a ball. Then they turn to playful mush.

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