solitary advantage afforded an interviewee
the unequal triangle
panel and table confronting single chair
affirmation or alarm – confirmation is perpendicular.
The principal turned 90°
her eyes put the motion
a nod seconds credentials as acceptable.
Candidacy is a finalist. So far so good.
One matter needs to be addressed
“ the group you… er…the successful applicant
will be working with is poor and aware…..and…. ”
a third pause.
I seem…“ah…a little…um …a little too… ah… middle-class.”
Present-day circumstances concur
history offers a submission
of time spent in factories, kitchens, killing plants
working alongside threadbare spirits in thrift shop clothes.
Both look ahead – address heard – jury unmoved.
Attendance is thanked.
The verdict delivered. By mail.
God’s assigned convalesce time
medium to low grade anguish.
second date dumping
failing an exam
not getting the job.
The day is mild and untroubled
traffic lights share the unurgency
change can wait.
Two drivers turn toward the other
palms up good natured forbearance.
Both are acquainted. Briefly. Very briefly.
One could not be expected to remember
a principal who empathises with poor people
at the wheel of a large, late model Mercedes Benz.