Back Next Profit and Loss

He sat all day
quoting figures
to himself
and then putting
numbers here and there
and then bringing
them to a place
where they were correctly stamped and recorded
he reckoned
that each ˝ of a day
brought him 0.0213% profit
which mean his annual
salary afforded him
ample freedom
to wander away
from his figures and
to sit in an outside café
and play with

Irwin R. Shaw - January 1983