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These, his last,
                          employers, dead
Inexplicably and
Unavailable
              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)

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