Today I

Throw the cat off my lap

Give the finger to a driver

Glare at the cashier


Today I

Snap at my lover

Snip at the idiot who blocks my driveway

Snipe at the neighbor’s barking dogs


And your perpetual smile?

I’d like to pinch it off and flush it.


Today, on the inside, where the battles between

The Buddha and the Beast rage,

The  Beast has won.


Deborah Lattizori is a writer and poet.  She lives in Belfast, Maine with her partner, two dogs and four cats.  She likes to type without using capitals.