by Mark Sargent
before you get up in the morning
even before morning, the graveyard
shifts beneath yr feet, nothingâ€™s been dug for hours
and youâ€™re fired
the ole pink slip showing
beneath a tattered frock
walking papers without shoes
shit-canned with no opener
in an open forge, three wee folk jumping on the bellows
and the smith takes one look at yr weld and
grab yr shit and go
donâ€™t come back
close the door on yr way out
from a cannon towards a frayed net and the lion is loose
you stand before the time clock but your card isnâ€™t there
and yr mouth is awful parched and yr co-workers are
giving you the look that whispers, ouch
in the human kiln turned up to minor sun intensity
but glazed, yr eyes, three folks at home counting
on that pathetic paycheck
we donâ€™t think youâ€™re going to work out
history without economics is bunk, sd Ez
and no doubt
thatâ€™s the story with an ending only
thatâ€™s the saga cut off at the knees
oh please wonâ€™t you reconsider
and that concrete â€˜neath yr feet
than that bastardâ€™s heart
and you donâ€™t really
have anywhere to go
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Maybe I’m not supposed to be laughing my ass off while reading this but i was having a really bad day and this cheered me up. Perhaps that means i’m a vituperous sadist when i merely fashion myself as a surreal humanist. I’m fired! lol.
“…and that concrete â€˜neath yr feet is harder than that bastardâ€™s heart and you donâ€™t really have anywhere to go.” Compelling flow with a fresh take on the most feared workplace invective. I also appreciated the vernacular idiom here and the abbrev. of your as ‘yr’. Thanks for sharing, Mr. Sargent.
This seemed to be sort of an accidental poem that came through an email chain we’re on. It was in response to a Dan Raphael poem, but we felt it stood so well on it’s own. Thanks to Mark for actually giving it a title and letting us post it.
From beginning to end, this piece is rock solid.
really appreciate this poem.. love the way it slips back and forth from metaphor to the reality of what’s going on.. slick language and style..