RIC S. BASTASA


Revised Poem For The Busy Businessman - Poem by RIC S. BASTASA

as i place my feet
in another country i step upon
an internet cafe
goggling upon a poem

inspired by the changes
of the situation
on some dreams of reforms
i start to compose another poem
for the wind
&
this i cannot forget
a man on the other side
loose tie and
unbuttoned shirt
on my left busies himself
with business receipts
encoding
sending them to his boss
perhaps
to the main office
signifying profits

i still wonder
why a man like myself
wastes so much time
in this
unkind endeavor

there is no money here
but there is something more to it than money
that keeps me going
despite
those marked differences
i am no businessman
neither a worker
for any boss out there
dictating what to do with my life

after that lonely poem
that i write
i rest my fingers upon nothing

the man left hurriedly as other clients
are waiting

he keeps issuing those receipts
and must remit
encode each
over and over again
for an updat with
Boss

and then i stand up
walk past him
towards
actually an uncertain direction

perhaps the
busy streets this time where no one
recognizes
the greatness that i still keep intact
inside my
chest

for i am the anonymous poet in this
new country
that speaks not a nuance of my language

the temperature rises
but i still do not dream
for the need of
a Cesaro hat
to save me from this
killing heat


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Poem Submitted: Monday, May 16, 2011

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 17, 2011


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