Editor’s Note

I can’t believe that you dare

turn this in to me.

I produce more (and better)

while reading the paper on the john

in the thin morning light.

Never again put such a paltry

sliver of labor on my plate.

I want a full slab,

something still bloody and

pulsing with the effort

of a full day’s toil.

I want both of us to know

you’ve swapped this fair

irretrievable day for

a valiant, stunning battle

against your own God-given mediocrity.

Life is too short

(you soulless lout)

for anything less

than sacrifice.



This poem was originally published in WRITERS' Journal
Featured image: "Quarters of the news editor", one of a group of four photos in the 1900 brochure Seattle and the Orient, which was collectively captioned "The Seattle Daily Times — Editorial Department".

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Mark R. Vickers

I am a writer, analyst, futurist and researcher. I've spent most of my working life as an editor and manager for research organizations focusing on social, business, technology, HR and management trends. But, perhaps more to the point for this blog, I'm curious about the universe and the myriad, often mysterious relationships therein.

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