Poetry and Poetics
After a long search we chose a new
From more than a hundred
letters of application and résumés,
we determined twelve
we wanted to know in careful detail.
From the dozen dossiers,
we chose a brace of five to speak
to face to face.
They were all different.
One declared that he would be a
real boss, a dictator.
We would always know exactly where
we stood with him.
He didn't make the short-short list.
Another claimed to be a good listener,
but spoke mostly of himself.
His own work was obviously
more important than our well-being.
Though some of us believed he was
he too sank among the dossiers.
The one we chose seemed kind and
but with a roughish, manly edge.
And he looked like a father.
(We decided on gender as a pre-requisite—
we wanted a male—
but to be as objective as possible
we did not consider sex.)
Though when we interviewed we emphasized
we wanted to run things, as soon
was on the job a movement grew,
wanting him to assume complete responsibility.
© by Thomas David Lisk
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