You wake up in the early dark hours with your heart squirreling away and you make promises.
I won’t do that anymore.
I’ll try to stop eating those.
I’m gonna start doing more of that.
I’m over it.
No more and no more.
And you lay awake staring at the little alarm clock numbers changing while Miss Carol and the dogs snore next to you and you wait, wanting to sleep and knowing it’s done.
Finally it’s time you can get up.
Outside a storm’s blowing rain sideways and you saddle up Cutter and Tug for their morning walk and head out.
Walking along the side of the road in the darkness a school bus plunks through a road lake drenching you and the dogs.
It’s gonna be one of THOSE days.
When you get back, you towel the dogs off, give ’em treats and food and water, change your clothes, and head out to work.
But as you climb up into Big Black and drive up the street towards the beach the sun breaks through briefly and brightly and-