Posted in Before the Rain

Audition

The other side :
For seven years I had a been vacation worker –
the pupil, post exams,
the school leaver,
the university student
coming for summer – the young ‘un.
The one sent for long stands,
left-handed screwdrivers,
the free beer.

Usually there were four –
student vacation workers – would be called interns now, 
only two this year – budgets etc. etc.
But rumour was truth – both were women ….
single – male – good prospects –
I might get lucky!

One to start immediately
The other a week later – visiting her family or something.

Pam,
broad shouldered and wide cheeked,
not short, but bulk made her seem so.
Dry white-wall face,rag washed by acne scar –
22 year old male rating 5/10. Just –
my face easy to read,
a married colleague smirks,
“the next one might be better”

Angie,
slim, red head,
short, very short, shorts
pixie like and foxy
Single? PLEASE.

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.