Special Effort

Special Effort

Dark blue wool suit
white oxford-cloth shirt
tie thin-striped sober creams and grays
black leather shoes polished scuff-free
leather briefcase and portfolio
pad of yellow paper
Waterman fountain pen

Shiny-fabric medium gray suit
slight puddle of non-cuffed pants over
black-laced black dress sneakers
T-shirt printed slogan and image
no tie
laptop and canvas case

Important meeting
presentation to a group
faces looking up at you
Forty years ago

Doesn’t matter.
Nervous energy and you press your
a little bit sweaty

hands down the front of your thighs
before you gather up your thoughts
and begin to speak.


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