We will all lose our jobs
if not today then tomorrow.
A writer calls me asking about
how to get published. Writers are having
a difficult time. I start to explain
the journey we are on, the poet's path.
The writer interrupts me and says -
Cut the metaphysical bullshit! I want
a Mercedes Benz.
What do you want?
Today I returned my poems to my lover.
I filed for unemployment.
My heart stopped.
Added: Monday, June 30, 2014 / Used with permission.
E. Ethelbert Miller is a literary activist and the board chair of the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). The Collected Poems of E. Ethelbert Miller edited by Kirsten Porter will be released by Willow Books in March 2016. Miller was a featured poet at the 2008 Split This Rock Poetry Festival. You may visit his website for more information.