The vengeance of a too small hat
Making your head look big
And you look childish

The transience of a Ralphs coupon
Printed on the back of a receipt
So easily discarded

The penitence of a death row inmate
So sad and hopeless
Yet earnest

The patience of a writer
Behind on his deadline
Writing poems instead

The virulence of a politician
Casting blame
Demanding power

The annoyance of a barking dog
Sharp, piercing bursts of sound
Cutting through the air

The pollutants of this text
Implanted, now in your mind