We stopped every day,
Yellow Dog and I, to visit giant koi in
The cemetery waterfall
Living their stagnant lives
Circling in fetid water
Under the watchful eye of
Sugar beet smoking stacks.
Some the size of terriers
Likely 20 years old
About the same amount of time I
Have circled around those same motionless towers.
I knew each by sight. Had names for them
Smoky, Gator, Fluffy…..
I told them confidences I wouldn’t dream to tell you
Made wishes into their faltering fountain
Someone poisoned the fish today
The. sight. of. such. violence. leveled. me.
I mourned for every love I have lost
As I gaped at workmen dragging their catch
Into funereal black trash bags.
I had to see.
Stumbling through tears
I stared at each of my former pals
I had to be sure
There was none wearing spectacles