Went for a walk today,
first time outside in a long time,
casting out demons as I went.
No pigs to cast them into,
just a few robins, one really
Encountered someone the other day,
a sad, small person
with too much power and an inordinate willingness to use it;
a complete dearth of professional courtesy,
unapologetic disregard for anyone’s needs except her own
to exert that power.
She was the first to go.
Also cast to each side other
demons too numerous to mention here,
and anyway I know that they only lurked behind the
bare trees and followed me home again;
but I closed the door quickly,
turned the bolt in its lock,
and took a nice long hot shower
leaving them mewling on the porch.
Perhaps the postman will take them
when he leaves the day’s packages.