Poemdog

Dogs 2019

FORCED COMPETENCIES
(3/10/19)


many of
us
do not
want to be
doctors

lawyers

insurance
salesman

auto
mechanics

plumbers

HVAC
repair persons

or any
sundry sort
of service
occupations

yet
we must
learn

a rudimentary
amount
of each specialty

in order
to ensure
that these
specialists
are actually
doing
their jobs

we must
do our
work
to pay
for their
time

then spend
our spare time
becoming familiar
with what
they are
supposed
to do

to know
whether or not
they have done
what they
are supposed
to do

exhausting

we are
already tired
from doing
what we
are supposed
to do

then wondering

if someone else

somewhere

is spending
their
spare time

studying
our jobs

ensuring
that our efforts
are acceptable

perhaps
our lives
would be
easier

if we
could just
trust

or at least
accept
the advantages
taken
of us

each
and every
day