Alone and lonely –
sometimes identical twins
sometimes hunter and prey,
I had never been less lonely
or more alone
but I wasn’t – not quite
thank God for Nicole. I did.
Assistant manger. Second in charge. No 2,
once brusquely exonerating sloppiness, as “ fucking incompetence.”
Generosity and spite
she meant it
saying out loud what everybody thought – but wouldn’t dare.
always a full and fair hearing
always a promise to investigate
always a commitment to improve . . . . if proven.
Understanding forms as diamond from coal
Nothing ever changed
not one thing
politicians and promises and campaigns
YES…. we can
but not now. But it could. It should. It would. It never did.
win win – I left her office satisfied, she didn’t have to do anything.