Posted in Antarctica


NSF paid the bills
set the budget
and made the rules.
For food service no portion control
$4.26 per person per day rations cost
Overs and unders
for every steak and lobster dinner
three of chilli macaroni
chicken fricassee
or beef cubes.

five 6-day cycles
Sunday fixed menu.
Continental breakfast.
Steak and lobster.

Patrons learned which meals to be early
and those to be avoided.
taken by the shovelful
never enough
we learn to hide on shrimp day.

Ray, mess watch captain
220 lbs
nudging 6 feet
squat and black.

One supper
Shrimp has been depleted with 30 minutes left
from the serving line like a lion bellowing conjugal rights
“ hey man where’s the shrimp at ”
before I can offer excuse or apology
Ray brick outhouses forward
“where’s the shrimp at.. where’s the shrimp at..
all them other godammnedgreedyassedmofuckers ate it.
that’s where it’s at.”
Got that.

For the back story click Backstage



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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s