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May182010

Collective Occupations (2001)

Collective Occupations

 

I do not know whether to sign my tax return

"homemaker" or "unemployed poet,"

since both are true

One could also sign as

"questionable outlaw" or "would-be socialist."

 

The collective occupations

do not pay social security

With the ransom of our lives,

we do contribute

to the milieu of the USA.

 

I would not expect

a refund check

from an enlightened CPA

Perhaps something in kind, however

I would allow an ode or haiku.

 

There is a blending of vocation and avocation

The difference is Thomas Jefferson or Benjamin Franklin

Yet they were once and possibly longer unemployed poets

Now they climb our ladders of status

Perhaps they will share a rung.

 

With each day decisions are more difficult

We pass judgment and pay the toll on the moral turnpike

Horizons and expectations are shuffled

Today . . . tomorrow

words that I forget.

 

Art is real, personality is negotiable

Poetic license lets me drive my car

The angels in my back seat allow me to say

I know that you are tired young Neptune, Saturn, Venus

and so I am although I am not as close to the sun.

 

I use a pencil

that I almost threw away

Writing in the universe of surprise

My accountant 

does not see it that way.

 

 

(2001)

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