by Maxwell Redder
moving up is a scummy tank
whose bubbles always read as green
because the budget doesn’t
allow for a thorough scrubbing
everyone has eyes that report
to other sets like a wave,
slowly and always concentrating
on the tip: anticipate a breaking point.
III. Low Management (Peace Keepers),
Slimy like a reptile smile.
Cordial like rain to an umbrella.
Hand that breaks hands in shake.
The Wanderer: who works here?
IV. High Management,
Perfectly packed box. Top row;
smooth. Jelly doesn’t jiggle
on top. Smooth. Smoothie
It’s hard to understand. Details.
Results. Future profit for my next
lights dim and there I am:
the tunnel zooming in on me.