Posted in Antarctica

Detente

They were many rules
some to do with safety
lots about behaviour
and some concerning stratification.
Mess
lounges
accommodation
accessible only by hierarchical right, or as guest.

Rules protected and nurtured the hierarchy
NCO’s, officers and supervisors to treat with respect
workers to be respectful.
Insubordination
or tyranny
there were rules for that too.

Rule # 1
go to the bar or party where dissent will intersect
toss a few down quickly
tequila or Jack Daniels the excuse of choice
feign alcohol loosened abandon
stumble into target and slur coiled venom.

Rule #2
Allow recipient to adopt same counterfeit drunkenness.

Rule #3
in the morning find the target
manufacture surprise
mumble hazy non memory
and might have been out of line, line
accept reciprocal insincerity.
Antibiotic charade prevents lethal infection.

For the back story click Backstage

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Author:

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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