Dogs 2010

IL MAESTRO
(9/1/10)


he has
a bachelor's
in music

he is
a play by ear
sight reading
piano
genius

possibly

here
he is a struggling
data entry clerk
at best

he taught
me
the basics
back
in the 90s

now
he works
for me

rising
quickly
to his level
of incompetence
his job performance
has been
on hold
for well over
a decade

I do not
know
how to motivate
him any
further

5 years
older than me
I should not
have to

I have
led
pled
joked
yelled
trained
cajoled
emailed
suggested
threatened
demonstrated
all to no
avail

I have even
fired him once
only to have
the owner
hire him
back
under me

apparently
there is some
deficiency
on my part

my only
requirement
is consistent
competency

I do not
understand
how someone
can continually strive
for perfection
in one part
of his life
only to
piss and shit
all over
the rest
of it

maybe
I should ask
his ex-wives

sooner
or later
it all smells
by association

he is
a logical
physical
emotional
occupational
wreck

but oh
can he
play

perhaps
he will be famous
long after
his death

hopefully
not until
long
after
mine