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Thieves Honour

Everybody was paid the same hourly rate
equalisation was what it was called
explained at the interview
and again at the pre departure briefing
a condition of employment. Sign here.

Wherever two or more gather
self worth imagines superiority or privation.
Kitchen staff, worked early mornings, nights, Sundays
and every public holiday
pulling in the big dollars and passing them over
janitors Monday to Saturday 8.00 – 4.30
no dirt money for expunging the daily faeces and vomit.
Payslip equality
compulsory communism
as we enjoyed rampant capitalism.

The Easter moon
full and bright
still has a dark side.

Eddie was sharp, very sharp
prep school
and secure prospects.
Antarctica just the kick-off to world travel
before returning to the family business.
He did the algebra
calculating precisely the value n + 0.0001
n being the minimum acceptable output.
Our shift comprised eight people
with one rostered off each day
his cunning was a burden
somehow it seemed dishonourable to inform.

For the back story click Backstage

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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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