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Dan the Roofer


Toiling daily as a dedicated roofer,

Dan negotiates the steepest slants with

the bounce of an ibex,

braving broiling August temperatures

and the slick perfidy of February ice storms but

unable to stomach small talk,

questions shorn of common sense,

needless needling from negligent underlings,

political polemics from pot-stirrers, or

muddled anecdotes that wander like

vodka-soaked vagabonds in the village square.

Dan has sampled soupçons of the social life

but declared “hell no” to additional helpings,

figuring that he's more fulfilled

as a monk without religion or friends,

except for a canine named Carl.