Old Dogs

SALES


I entered
the endeavor
with every intent
rooted in the ideal
the truth on my lips
and a genuine desire
to serve my fellow man
in his relentless pursuit
of the more pleasing
material aspects
of life
besides
no one else
would hire
me

however
somewhere
in the game
I began to lean
away
from lofty ethics
toward naked
expediency

I found
that I could handle
a larger volume customers
by giving them directions
instead of assistance
and by telling them
what they wanted
desperately to hear
instead of maintaining
a sense of veracity
in the absolute

different people
require varying
lengths of time
to finally reach
this point

some
will take years
some
only weeks
or even days
and a select few
will never recognize
the drift
happily selling
whatever dwells
within their
bins

they
are probably
the lucky ones
never knowing
the angst
of the majority
of mankind

I lasted
only three months
before realizing
the absurdity
and selling myself
a saner reality
of life