Dogs 2014

UNDERACHIEVER
(4/22/14)


I walk
around the corner
on my way
to the printer
and see him
there

slouched
in his chair

dressed
for shit

hand
on the computer
mouse
but no movement
to be seen

seemingly
frozen
in time

I hired him
because
he was slick
smooth
and a snappy
dresser

he appeared
to be
a sales asset

eight months
later
he doesn't
even reach
his minimum
quotas

I look
at him

almost
a quarter
of century
my junior
but apparently
with the energy level
of someone
that much
older

he has
given up
on this job

he sees
the position
as a separate
entity
and not worthy
of his efforts

he should
realize
that wherever
he breathes
is his life

to short
shrift
any aspect
diminishes
all living
potential

perhaps
I will explain
this to him
as I show him
the door

perhaps
not

someone
resigned
to coasting through
any activity
has the apathetic
ears
of a dullard

a moron

I will
simply
send him home
to the sameness
of himself

I have
things
to do better