Counting Humans

Counting Humans

I never thought I’d be as lonesome as I am now.

We’re all off-the-grid-the-hell-with-people

until it isn’t a choice.

I count humans on my walk—I count dogs, too.

Often the dogs outnumber the humans that I see,

creating a world where I share more words

with beings in fur coats than I do with those

with smooth skin.

Communication is a privilege

and the technology is only good until

the lack of touch exacerbates the loneliness

and we are left with the option to

talk to dogs

and count humans.


About the Artist

Julie Pavlick,  Indiana County
Published:  February 1, 2021