Just Now Between Positions

By Judith Hall Judith Hall
These, his last,
                          employers, dead
Inexplicably and
              to praise his diligence,

Cast a shadow on his prospects, and he sighed.
Before all this, he
Would have lit a pipe and
                          mused on the past
In aromatic mauve tobacco...Shadows
Baffled pleasantly
              the better rug

Once a bear.
                          Grizzly bear.
He would have enjoyed a smoke with a bear.
Hibernation is
              not unlike a job you fail to love.

He would have enjoyed
Some banter on, and amiable disputation of,
His claim. Or
                          on job loss, in general;
On night air, the fanfare above a curve, a star,
If suitably
              asparkle in public.

Source: Poetry (May 2012).


This poem originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of Poetry magazine

May 2012
 Judith  Hall


Judith Hall’s books include To Put The Mouth To (William Morrow, 1992) and Three Trios (Northwestern University Press, 2007).

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SUBJECT Living, Disappointment & Failure, Activities, Jobs & Working

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