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Introspection Life Then and Now Uncategorized

Self portrait

The extremes of who,
what 
I am
whence I hail
internally
DNA, culturally, spiritually
nature/nurture
all fun to puzzle-piece 
together
free form, no
squared-off edges of
big-picture
guidance

What my forebearers were
who they were
what they did
what was done to them
is historically
recorded, reported 
yet remains very personally 
unresolved

My now obsessive, reflexive
detective skills 
honed with 
time, experience, dumb luck
eureka moments
dead ends
smugly proved theories
can be 
broken down quite simply
as such:

Having descended 
from 
rough, seafaring Vikings 
and equally
tough, resilient, proud 
diaspora Ashkenazi
my long-standing
exploratory‘what's next?’
curiosity-fueled
wanderlust 
is DNA encoded

as is my state of
perpetually wondering 
dichotomy:  
should I stop and pillage  
or simply keep wandering


– Mark L. Lucker
© 2022
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Categories
Uncategorized Working

Résumé I…?

Paperboy.

ice-cream-scooper-
slash-soda jerk;
lumberjack, dishwasher
donut-seller

Early professions,
pocket-money for
adolescence, keen
life-lesson reality
checks still being
cashed

Passed the tests
had some laughs

Real, adult life,
full-time living.

Radio announcer.

Construction-gopher
census taker, house painter,
shopping-mall Santa,
radio station manager
and pumpkin monger;

more life lessons, more
life lived, lived well

Bellman, waiter,
hotel van driver;
security guard, courier,
receptionist, file clerk…

condom inspector? Truly.
Insert your own…

punch-line here.

Warehouses, offices,
loading-docks, fields
and assembly lines;
kitchens, hotels,
dining rooms.

Better hotels, better
dining rooms, still
greasy kitchens

I have pushed pencils,
buttons, products,
wheelbarrows, envelopes,
my limits and other
people’s buttons;
pulled my own weight
and numerous muscles

Suits, ties, uniforms,
dungarees and aprons,
paper hats, hairnets;
work boots, hard hats
and headphones

Been there, worn it,
done it, got paid for it.
Learned, taught, failed,
succeeded.

Experience almost always
counts for something.