Posted in Rituals

Just You Wait

I always asked,
even though the answer was known
always clenched teeth at the precisely predicted reply.
NO, we don’t give out samples ”
and always added the appendix –
“ we’re doing a function
and looking to spend several hundred dollars.
It’s company policy not to … ”
……. Yeah, I know ….. you tight wads.
AZZ distributors –
stranglehold on top end deli items
cost plus … and then some.

Five years on the job and the monopoly is broken
the rep comes with a new price list
a change in policy
AZZ would be happy to supply samples for any product.

“ Sorry mate, I’m now using ….. ”



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.