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Decision optimality –
encountered in the classroom – blackboard quarantined,
theoretical : four quadrants :

  1. Best of the best.
  2. Worst of best.
  3. Best of the worst.
  4. Worst of the worst.

Five applicants :

  1. Too experienced – too much of a threat.
  2. Too much scuttlebutt.
  3. Me.
  4. Joint holders – Too much of a pussy. Too much of a wise guy.

Generosity and self-interest.
Give youth a chance?
Or tell the truth? – low tide at the gene pool.
Advise head Office on Friday Afternoon – might slip past.
Ask for a new ballot – could result in forfeit.

Compromise : the airlock between worlds –
a finite period contract, with option to renew –
renewal directly related to performance.
Sign here,
I’m in the Civil Service. Agronomist. Pay scale 1



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.