They wait in line for their daily meal.
They wait with sporadic grumbling,
the occasional outburst,
the letter to whom it may concern,
the odd lawsuit.
When the roller coaster comes
sweeping through some try
crazily to jump on while others try
desperately to jump off.
Few are successful.
Carefully comparing scratches,
carefully ignoring the fallen,
© Mark Kerstetter
“Job openings fall for second straight month” —AP news, February 8, 2011
Mark Kerstetter steals time away from restoring an old house in Florida to write poetry and make art out of salvaged wood. He blogs at The Bricoleur.