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Poetic License

In any other situation it would attract ridicule
be labelled delusional
self aggrandising
boastful
or more prosaically, “bullshit.”
At recruitment it’s called self belief.

Then, it is permissible to promise magic
to possess secret knowledge
to halve costs
double output
make water flow uphill.

The question was not unexpected
a request for self-description as an employee.
I said my work was characterised by the absence of mistakes
rather than the presence of brilliance.
Two contemptuous faces turn  face to face
and then to face … loser.

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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.