Poemdog

Dogs 2019

CLOSING OUR DOORS
(8/5/19)


failure

another
failure

but
a much longer
failure

this time

longer
than high
school

longer
than college

longer
than two
enlistments

longer
than a
marriage

this was
failure
two decades
in the
making

at almost
60
the next one
will likely
kill me

I look
around the room
at the eyes
of our employees

all
much shorter
failures
than mine

they'll learn

I was
their nominal
manager

they looked
to me
for a plan

for a scheme

out of our
plummeting
revenue

I tried
many methods

many versions

all initially
hopeful

all finally
flawed

if there
is any consolation
for any
of them

it would
be
that I

their
lackadaisical
leader

would
soon be
unemployed

just
as they

and that
we all

would surely
live

to fail
again