Sean Casey
A Valuable Service

   after Cavafy

 

 

I'm not the least bit put out my tire's flat

And I, late to work.

 

I don't live to work or work to live—

I enlarge living to eclipse working.

 

It takes effort to be free from effort

But, when you're free, symptoms include: 

An invincible, affectless face—

An enduring interest in online, yahoo pool—

A belief in tardiness as moral imperative.

 

Today, though, my tire's flat;

I have no choice but to be late.

Life and I are aligned—

I sip the present moment;

The present moment sips me.

It is 2003, autumn.

 

 

My supervisors? Catfish.

They perform a valuable service

And suck lice from carpets.

What can life make them do 

I don't already want them to?

 

It is as it should be.

Tomorrow, they will write me up—

The following week, fire me.

 

 

I sigh in satisfaction already.

 

Life, you are a teenager with no self esteem

And turn like a weevil in my hand.