A bit of a weirdo, but not hazardous by any means....

Last evening, during a walk, it struck me how beautiful the dead trees throughout the neighborhood looked against the evening sky. So I took out my phone and started taking pictures.

Don't do this.

I was taking pictures of a tree outside a house and the owner walked out and was like, "What are you doing here, bro?"

And I was like, "Taking picture of this tree."

And he was like, "Why? Huh?"

And I said, "Because it looks pretty against the sky."

At this point he must've assumed I was just high and he seemed to calm down, but just to assuage his fears a little more, I said, "My name is Joe, man. I live just down the street at 139. I know it looks weird, and I am a bit of a weirdo, but I'm not hazardous by any means."

He turned out to be a pretty cool dude.

Anyway, I think, "A bit of a weirdo, but not hazardous by any means," should go on my tombstone.

Dead, black tree branches
silhouetted against an
electric blue sky
--A real, true-blue hydra
except I am no Hercules

 She's mad at me too--
a squirrel across the street
gives me the stink eye

 Whoa! Watch my step please--
I almost didn't see you
Brown caterpillar

Walking through the streets--
I dodge some angry vatos
and mounds of dog shit