issue 24 > light verse > foley
Responsibilityby Jack Foley
Is an old woman courted by Incapacity.
Responsibility, wrote a famous poet,
Means to keep the ability to respond.
How should Incapacity respond to that?
Rides a bicycle to work
Feeling that the exercise will be good for him.
He phones Responsibility at lunchtime.
She is reserved and distant
But flirtatious underneath.
Incapacity's hopes rise.
They make a dinner date.
At dinner Responsibility is severe and accusatory.
Is abashed and silent.
They finish the meal and part.
He goes home to read a book.
Underneath her clothes
Is a river that never stops flowing