The Lion Tamer Dreams of Office Work

Maurice Devitt

He takes the train from work,
a chair
tucked under his arm
and sometimes
he sits,
looks around
a carriage
filled with commuters,
pictures himself
in pinstripe and Prada,
a champagne-belly,
decisive cuff-links,
a briefcase full of numbers
and a customised watch
showing customary time.
Silent eyes surround him,
muscles twitch
and in the shaky stillness
his fingers
tighten on the whip.

From Growing up in Colour (2018) by kind permission of Doire Press