Clague Page 3

windows, titles, perks?
Months, maybe years,
sucking up to headhunters,
grinning at young squirts
with hire power
and walking away empty?

Me scared?
Scream my lungs out,
throw a fit,
beg for mercy?
Not a chance.
I'm strong. I can take it
like a man. I'm a big boy. Look --
my hands are as steady
as the hands of a cadaver.

Oh, of course, boss.
You don't have to tell me.

I know. It's nothing
personal. The organization
needs to change... you still
like me,
as a person.

Jesus. Let me out of here.
Give me a drink
or two or three.
I'll be fine.
I'm strong. I'm a big boy.


Llyn Clague lives and works in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. For five years he was co-managing editor of Inprint.