Dog House and Fly

I'm puzzled at what I should say. My name is Benji, and I believe I have developmental disabilities.


People certainly think that I'm crazy because I've been in the hospital many, many times.


This machine does not always write the words that I wanted to say but also my mouth doesn't always write the words I want to say either.


This is part of the point of poems about death so I have to put something in here about death, like maybe a cockroach gets stepped on or a person gets shot from the window.


I am a big fan of absurdism but I don't know if this is really absurd anymore, I don't know anything anymore.


I live in a group home for the mentally ill and I have a heart condition and what else other stuff, I have other physical ailments and I have authorities and I have nausea most days.


...


But also there was a very cute little puppy who wanted his own dog house.


His family also wanted to get him a dog house but they were so d*** poor and pour they couldn't afford the money for a dog house.


Then a lady came by with one of those companies that will buy your home for cash. She heard the story of how the family was so poor they couldn't afford a dog house for the little boy while the mother was making coffee.


The woman got a heart for the little boy and sent her carpenter over to build a dog house for the little boy.


The situation went quite well and the woman from the company told her carpenter to go over there and fix things for the family.


I cannot tell you how heartwarming it was for the family to make a friend like that, who had an employee who was a carpenter who could help them.


Also in this series of poems, they are poems, supposed to be poems about death so there isn't any death in here yet so I just wanted to let you know that there was a fly that got swatted in the neighborhood where Benji lives, I mean that the dog lives in, a fly gets drowned in water and dies. Now there's a death in the story.



About the Author


Marc Isaac Potter, aka Marc Isaax Potter (they/them) is a differently-abled writer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. Marc’s interests include blogging by email and Zen.


They have been published in Fiery Scribe Review, Feral: A Journal of Poetry and Art, Poetic Sun Poetry, and Provenance Journal. Their Twitter is @marcisaacpotter.