Posted in Antarctica

In Person

We were told in the first week
but already knew
six would be chosen for winter
everybody free to apply.
Flexibility, affability, productivity, the attributes sought.
Shift change
room change
public holiday work day
“would you?”
“Yes,” with a smile.

We are informed individually
the floor is intensely interesting
the words are recorded
the reasons listened to later.

Neither of us is very good at this
mercifully brief . Disappointment is impatient.
Yes, everything is all right.
Yes there is another opportunity. Next year.

12 months
the time required for the earth to orbit the Sun
and return to the same point.
Opportunity and desire provide sharp contrast.

Rejection, the dark far of farthest
fragility seeks absolution
a colleague obliges
“mate, you’re not what they are looking for.”

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.

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