Work Is

1 November 2015

‘We stand in the rain in a long line
waiting at Ford Highland Park. For work.’
Phillip Levine, ‘What work is.’


1. JANUARY

you’ve waited for work
and it has come
marking gratis all weekend
the head smashed and foggy
reading Bad English
does that to you walking for air
suburban footpaths
sway and meet: vertigo

2. FEBRUARY

admin thank themselves
your desk is clear
your pass surrendered
walking down through the park
a blinding sun says nothing

3. MARCH

a)
salary payment
rent tick
food tick
phone tick
health ins tick

b)
rent move?
food ?
phone x
health ins xx

park bench seat in the gloom
ghostly moon shadow of cypresses

4. APRIL

and who is that walking towards you
transparent ghost
newsprint skin
brain spooling
employment websites
family of ghosts
shoulders hunched
carrying minimal shopping

5. MAY

we want you
we want you
we need you
we
want
you

coming up

and the valley
between?

and admin thank themselves
and work is?
a bonus for cutting

you

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