The Red Wagon

There was a sense of anxiety,

one which he was unable to assuage,

a deep need, as if to fulfill an obligation,

one which rarely is ever satisfied,

even by what he has done. For example,

he built a red wagon,

and twice a day rolls

his paraplegic dog to the park.

Just one or two times around the paths;

and one stop for the necessities.

Having done his due

he quietly caresses this gentle pet;

and they are on their way.

As an improvisation

this too will serve,

though he is never quite sure

that the help he has given

will have any meaningful significance