poem is very English. When I wrote it it seemed to be dictated by
someone in my head with a Mid-England accent. Manchester maybe,
or Sheffield, somewhere around there.
an important person yesterday, I forget his name.
knew he was important because he didnt bother looking at me
when he came
my cubical to tell me I was surplus to requirements.
said I always wondered what fired meant
he left with a grunt to his business lunch and golf with the chairman
hard days work done in the life of a fair man.
it was a fair company because it said so on the mission
reception where the reps wait for another session with the buyer.
standing there with the others, casualties of recession
for the fair man who loves to hire and fire
he was important cause he didnt know my name
though Ive been there ten years, to him its all the
not personal he says, and I believe him, hes right
not personal that Im going home to tell the wife we might
to get rid of the tele and the video and cancel the holiday to Toromolenos
had such fun with the others last year you should have seen us
the beach with the kids and that waiter who liked our Sally
theyll have to make do with two weeks down our ally.
he was important cause of the way he walks about
his head in the clouds like my old teacher who used to clout
when you talked in the class, before the start of lessons
what makes him important thats what I am set on
he have a proper father like Jesus Christ.
bastard knows I cant get another job at my age. So Im
left to page
the racing times and pick a winner I cant afford to bet on.
nothing left for me or the wife not much of a life is it.
I dont have to go till the end of the month, so
accident at work will pay the bills and feed the tills
a good few years. Have no fear Ill be missed, not kissed goodnight
we fight for blankets in the long dark chilly night.
if he so bloody important will he be there.. at the church
doubt it. Not on a Wednesday, theres golf you see and scones
mates will be there and Martha with her new hairdo
the bloody important one wont be there neither will he care
thats it then. Im off to do the deed as agreed
worry about me, Ill be free
your mind on helping the not so important man.. if you can.
add some more in due course, maybe.