I employed him
he was young and newly child-ed
Chefs : temperamental, insubordinate, overweight, drunken
he was none
maybe a little pudgy
all that tasting
but the peace – after the last one.
It was the hours he said
early morning to just afternoon
no nights or weekends,
no split shifts.
No diminished days.
After I left
his performance declined
no credit could be awarded to the old reign
or blame to the new.
It was just time –
more became less.
Management took the pulse – efficiency experts
“nothing for him to worry about – 15 out of 10.”
After the report, they offered choice.
or restructured position –
Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am to 7:00 p.m.