two masters

for serving two masters

impossible for both

being satisfied.

mrs ira asked the poet

to look after mr t

which means to be poised

for his granddad’s foibles.


as he is on time to the

a/f art shop

b phones him to be treated

as no 1 for a change

demanding the poet sees

her first

as she wouldn’t wait for

two hours for him

when he finishes his work.


the poet visits her at posh

grand hotel

entertains her for three quarters

of an hour.

his cellular phone rings.

ah oval office calling

b snaps ironically

as he has to agree with nica

to be on his way and take

her place.


ok well b takes it stoically

but she mocks the poet for

being a slave

indeed I am

the slave marches toward






mr t gives his orders in a hurry

and it means that he’s not satisfied

for the poet being late.

but then – he’s not on a payroll

not employed

just helping out –

errands mount up: stationery shop

ice cream parlor

wollzeile a second time

to the Archbishop’s office.


it’s 17:30 he’s done his chores

NO still to laminate documents

there are some small laminate

foils at the back of the shop mr t


no way he replies

it’s pockets for CD’s

mr t still argues

show me – the poet almost loses

his rag but enjoys as mr t can’t find

the laminates

he murmurs in anger: i’ve put a few

right here!

where? the poet asks

on the floor he says

I am 76 and a half the Poet sighs –

while kneeling on the wooden floor

to laminate some documents –

but I’ll do almost everything to

support my art


bought six tins of ily coffee and

poppy seed buns

but it had to be kept at merkur


as the 25% discount only starts

from tomorrow

now that saves 15 Euro on the


which I have already spent today

on coffee and sweets.





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