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A New Career

Be here at eight

said the group leader.

I was late but she

said that was okay

and handed me a kit

just like hers

a tin box full of nails

and a hammer.

I strapped my light

to my head which

was still in good shape

and began reinforcing

everything. When I

reinforced you

you seemed angry

and attractive. When I

reinforced the youth

the group leader

reinforced me and

her outfit looked great.

This job is not perfect

but the pay is okay

and I like working

outdoors. The group

leader respects us all

and at home the kids

love to shake

my tin box and think

of how close we once

were to collapse

Award-winning poet of 'The Trees The Trees'. Author of 'The Crying Book'. Published in The New Yorker, Poetry, & more. Former fellow at Emory.