Busy men doing important
Flying private into Minneapolis
LAX, checking into Four Seasons Laguna,
CNN on HDTV, the toilet flushing;
A few – very few, actually – die suddenly
Of coronary infarction on the double beds
But far greater numbers furtively masturbate
To glowing screens, then watch basketball
Until dinner. Busy men? Important work?
“So it seems to them!” the cynic mocks --
But if I indulge facile Sinclair Lewis-style
Animadversions toward executive sales types
Must I not then too inquire: “Eschewing
The rat race is well and good, but what great
Poems hath the unraced rat written or will write?
And btw, what hot girls is he fucking? Is he busy?
Important work?” Ha, I’m laughing! O God!
-- Mitch Sisskind