Today was a new day.
Today was starched suit, shined shoe, best suit.
It was borrowed cufflinks. It was smart knot in the bow tie.
It was leave early and walk slow, before the heat of the day could squeeze a rash of sweat along his hairline and make him seem nervous.
It was sit up straight and wait. It was smile and shake hands when the man came out to talk to him. It was make a good impression. It was yes sir and nod at all the appropriate places.
And when the man in the khaki suit the very color of his sallow skin smiled his very fake smile and said I’m sorry that position has been filled
It was a day to try hard;
it was a day to try very, very hard
not to be