Career Counselor Badly Needed
by Notty Bumbo, 2016
I was originally going for elegance
In my careful choice of words.
Perhaps a bit of irony in the fading passages.
Oh, you may be sure I worked at it,
Pressed my head against the cold table,
Gripped the pen like a demon monkey.
I permitted sweat to stain the bright paper,
Anxiety to raise my internal fire.
But despite such strenuous effort
And ideal intentions,
The best I could manage
Was cool indifference, a studied disdain
For the task I had set for myself,
Resulting with alarming frequency
In unreadable tripe.
Clearly, I remain poor management material.
I suppose I should have listened to my professor,
When he urged me to take up building railroads,
But only as a hobby.