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Dogs 2019

BUT WHAT DO YOU DO?
(6/24/19)


20 plus
years

of 60 plus
hours
a week

and still
no satisfactory
explanation

at least
nothing
that will stick
in the minds
of others

they smile

nod their
heads

but will
invariably
ask again

I am
an occupational
mystery
to them

they assume
that I pay
my mortgage

take care
of my bills

buy food

necessities

but those
whom I know
are not quite
certain
how I get
my money

I don't
want
to lie
to them

but I
would like
to circumvent
the confusion

can opener
repairman

I should
say

toothpick
salesman

highway sign
editor

or some
other sort
of tangibly
verifiable
job title

something
physical
that I could
point out
to them

then say

"there

that's
what I
do"

then maybe
I would be
asked
only once

the subject
would be
closed

"that's
Pat"

they'd say

"he's in
portable
toilets"