Envy those conjoined to function:
ballerinas shopping in fifth position
humming coroners ladling brains
silent Harpo honking his horn
the evangelical straining to ascend.
Pity those estranged from function:
nubile typists typing legalese
lusting busboys lugging dishes
Pagliaccio donning his motley
the cancerous atheist on his knees.


Reprinted with permission of "Envoi," No. 121

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