Thursday, June 18, 2009

Voluntary Benefits Market History: A PowerPoint Presentation in More Slides than I Care to Count

I showed up late.
Ten minutes, to be exact.
The suit sucking wind by the microphone
may just be what Mary Shelley
was warning us about,
though I suspect this guy also frightens
A goatee in place of scars…
Hair plugs in place of neck bolts…
The Men’s Warehouse in place of fur and rags…
circle (BLAH BLAH)
triangle (BLAH)
the word “benefits” in magical friendly font
(Comic Sans?)

In between the words
I begin to feel Nauseous.
Sick, in fact.
So much, I wonder, “did he put on too much Brut?
Old Spice?”
Perhaps that tie combined with
my failing eyes
is fatal.

“Open Enrollment”
Is this a last lunge forward?
A deathbed gasp wrapped in A4 paper
and stamped 13 times
Did I actually hear the words “love” and “corporate”
in the same sentence?

Sorry pal.
Today, I’m just here
for a respite.
At most,
3 tri-fold pamphlets
that someone else
will have to clear from my desk
after I am gone.