Doing well and being young –
the world wants to know, you know it does
however trivial or tangential the nexus.. let me tell you about,
Conceit ? –
too grown up – too adult in motive
more self-absorption than self-regard, just high spirits.
A select course : 12 places – nationally –
and one for me.
We worked together – he called me son
even though only 10 years older
nothing paternal or patronising
appropriate in a way– he was a sort of mentor,
in a cynically comical, but more comedic than cynical manner
He asked about the course
policy studies, economics, planning law, environmental management
and target employment?
Councils, government departments, universities, think tanks,
“son, you’ll never be a bureaucrat.”
He said it slowly, gently, with compassion …. and precise foresight.