I Do Well by Jon Bennett

“What do you do?” he asks.
I look at him
with a kind of smirk
I can feel it on my face
and I don’t like it.
“I ask embarrassing questions,”
he adds.
“What I do,” I say,
“is not what I used to.
These days I live
like a tick
on the world’s belly
and the belly is as fat
as I’ve become,
but let me tell you
it’s better down here.”
“But what is it?” he asks.
“What do I do?” I say,
“I do well.”
and leave it at that.

Jon Benett Painting
Jon Bennett hopes you’ll forgive his trespasses. — Painting by Andrea Hasko-Marx, c. 2017
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