Poetry Corner: “The Job Interview”

The job interview

Yelps and barks of circus seals
tenuously balancing sparkling balls
but not dangerously ostentatious
don’t ruffle the placid master
your audience
but then don’t underplay
even though
regulations and conventions
dictate a certain humility
statutory interpretation on the trapeze act
the tumble can be wicked
return to delaying promises and options
prudently promised
optionally false
for the survival of the dream bureaucracy
depends on that illusion
and the salaries of the wizards
the silver haired corporate beggars
rattle tin cups against the rages of the market
discretely of course
the pounding on the door louder
nespotisticless victims
who contemplate the tragedy
thought personal
yet almost universal

Robert K. Stephen

Published by Robert K Stephen (CSW)

Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC. Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden and the University of Toronto. Be it Spanish cured meat, dried fruit, BBQ, or recycled bamboo place mats, Robert endeavours to escape the mundane, which is why he has established this publication. His motto is, "Have Story, Will Write."

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