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Tie Break

Anointing a successor –
should the incumbent advocate, or abstain,
act as expert witness or rubberstamp?
Sense of humour – SOH yet to be text ubiquitous –
the boss’s priority
SOH : pixie dust antidote
to budgets, truculence, morale cul-de-sac
churlish or self accusing to quizz hierarchy.
Useful, yes, but
feeding 200, 3X daily – 24/7 …..
the quotidian as important as the quip.

A dead heat going into the last interview
polished and faultless performances seem destined for photo finish
and much discussion,
until the question –
what would you expect to be paid.
Two are coy and diplomatic,
vague amorphous doodles, unfrightening to horses,
or accountants.
Between brackets of toothpaste smile and stand-up comic laugh
number three wrist flicks “ lots.”
The boss beamed. She got the job.



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.