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Waiting

The phone call never came
ten days later a letter does.
Thank you ……
Please find enclosed …..
We wish you well ….

The equation of necessity
multiply hours by rate
subtract utilities
divide by mortgage
> outgoings
< ideal
= acceptable
not impressive, but it’s not about money anymore.
That part he doesn’t understand
a mistake – one of two.

I’m asked for a strategy
a system is needed
there is none at present
I am new myself he bristles. The second mistake.

The letter is late
the outcome already known.
Despite the fervent prayer for a miracle
the contents are predictable.
Thank you for attending
Curt and courteous
payback  is well mannered.

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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.