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Vacation work
swift currents
manual, masculine, mercenary : “ ya not at university now.”
The career place is a surprise.
time always for a second coffee.

Young and new
self-preservation raises a finger to lips
management approves.

Time elapses to confidence re confidential
I question a colleague about absent urgency.
He finds the English Language guilty
too sloppy
too imprecise
too ambiguous.
A catwalk is not a structure for felines
working day does quantify work
both are descriptors
neither is literal.

Most of the staff here in his opinion
were like a car never extended
the prevailing atrophy typified by Lester
still very young but
after almost a decade at such slow speed
at such low revolutions
engine capacity was lost. Forever.

26 years later
quarter of a century since we were colleagues
the former confidant and I talk.
He is still in the same workplace
as is the example used.
For Lester it is the only job he has known
the one he came to from high school
I contrast extinct stability with modern career migration.

The reply is snapped.
A good employee.
He always was.



Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.

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