A Poemdog

Dogs 2011

ATTN: HUMAN RESOURCES
(10/29/11)


letter
opener
in hand
I free the hopes
of the dozens
of applicants
for a single
lowly admin
position

GED's
secondary diplomas
associate's
bachelor's
even master's degrees
all apparently educated
to a point
of beginning
again

experience
in churches
car lots
clinics
consortiums
convenience stores
and every level
of corporate
incompetence

we're looking
for someone
with a fine balance
of working aptitude
versus living
ineptitude

skills
good enough
to perform the job
but dysfunctions
bad enough
to want
to work
for us
in the first
place

divorcees
criminals
addicts
all considered
almost above
those
with spotless
records

after all
we only offer
low pay
long hours
and no benefits

wait
a minute

that's
my job

when
I started here
I had
no car
no license
and a felony DUI
hanging precariously
over my head
with no other
prospects
save drinking
those problems
away every night

my only plus
was the fact
that no woman
would come
within spitting
distance of me
so I had few
human distractions
at the roacharama
which I
called home

except perhaps
for my loud
low rent
nefarious neighbors
and the transient miscreants
frequenting the building
all of whom
were probably
more hirable
than I

I am sure
that I would
not consider
my own resume
from that
time period

the next
envelope
exposes
a Master of Arts
in American Studies
who has no recorded
employment
in the last
three
years

finally
a promising
submission
of failure