Ripostes

JUNE 19, 2013

THE POETICS OF THE SELF-IMPORTANT


“Better a Good Dishwasher than an Idle Master Chef”

Imagining itself as more deserving,

Hypocrisy resounds with its own voices;

But parasitical, the most unnerving

Is its concocted praise of others’ sauces.

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The Chef as Letter C

Like an aging athlete, in a crowded gym,

Oozing a solipsism of mirrored sweat,

He hopes that someone will remember him —

The last thing that his limber servers fret.

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“Career” Was Once Also a Verb

Sincerity requires style:

On someone else go waste your smile —

And blend in with a smirking mob

Of sycophants without a job.