When I’m not writing poems
or preparing food and eating food
or telling my son about the thing
he needs to do that he forgot to do
or hoping other people will sing along
or thinking of hilarious things to say out loud
or worrying about inconsistent line lengths in my poems
I’m taking direction from the people of the world
who need their things graphically designed.
So it speaks to me that each of the chieftains
got their staffs personalized.
It’s like when we get business cards
or our name on the office door
or even a water bottle with our logo on it.
It’s one of the perks of the job.
It says we have arrived and this is worth
spending money to print our name on things.
It’s like we’ve been given a physical tenure.
Use your swag wisely, oh chieftains of Israel.
The people are looking to you and saying
let’s do what he says, his name’s on the stick.
You’ll avoid future indictments if you
take this responsibility seriously.
Play your cards right and, someday,
blossoms may sprout. It happened to Aaron.
It could happen to you.