From Unpredictable Hue, 2019. As a note, this is the last poem from the Large Artist Sketchbook 2018 – you’ve read the whole thing and seen all the art.
Yes, I am the proprietor of this establishment
I hope your experience was agreeable
and I so appreciate your business
Pardon me while I get back to
counting today’s takings
and please be quick about exiting
You have occupied that table for three hours
and everyone wants to go home now
and have a pleasant
Yes, I realize the smears seem to be
and I do apologize for the inconvenience
but you may remember
the estimate stated
such an occurrence
might occur. For which I am
not really but I have to say so
but we cannot accept any liability
as stated in our contract
I am so sorry
not really but I have to say so.
Pick it up and leave now, please!
That pleading won’t get you anywhere with me.
I’m afraid the exigencies of business
to ask you to stop coming to work
a permanent unpaid leave
as it were
I’m firing you and pretending it’s a layoff
I will most certainly get away with it too
The severance plan is generous
I resent paying you even a dime
if you are not here working for it
but it’s the cost of
bigger profits for me down the road
so I will endure the pain
and exemplifies our feeling
we are all family here
it’s just business
It’s been a pleasure knowing you
once you’re gone you’re dead to me
and we wish you
in all your future endeavors
Large Artist Sketchbook 2018
This poem is from my Large Artist Sketchbook 2018. Similar to my previous Large Artist Sketchbook 2017 and Small Artist Sketchbook 2018, I created artwork in a book over a period of time, 2017-2018, and later wrote poems to go with each image. All poems were published in the collection Unpredictable Hue in early 2019 (without their illustrations).
In the sketch book, the poems are on the facing page for each picture – here I am only showing you the illustration. Each poem is numbered according to my master list and the date refers to when I wrote the poem, not when the illustration was done.
Read and enjoy, and thank you!