Profit by Josh Lefkowitz

After
Yesterday’s
Interview
With
The
Journalism
Reporter
From
Columbia
University
Who
Wanted
To
Talk
About
My
Work
As
A
Poet
Juxtaposed
Against
My
Day
Job
As
A
Corporate
Legal
Secretary,
I
Am
Feeling
A
Little
Bit
Insecure
About
Money.

.

He
Kept
Asking
About
Financial
Concerns
And
I
Kept
Bobbing
And
Weaving.

.

He
Asked
About
Savings
And
I
Talked
About
The
Sky.

.

He
Asked
About
The
Future
And
I
Pointed
To
The
Ground.

.

It’s
Not
His
Fault
It’s
Just
That
Money
Has
Never
Been
My
Driving
Force.

.

I
Really
Only
Want
To
Write
Strong
Poems
And
Be
Loved
Enough.

.

But
That’s
Okay –

.

I
Don’t
Mind
Learning
From
Others

.

And
So
I
Think
Going
Forward
I’m
Going
To
Start
Charging
For
My
Poems,
Y’know,
Just
As
A
Way
To
Generate
Some
Side
Income
From
Them.

.

Why
Shouldn’t
I
Be
Paid
For
My
Work
After
All?

.

Anyways
As
You
Can
Probably
Already
Tell
I’m
Thinking
About
Charging
By
The
Line.


Josh Lefkowitz has poems and essays all across the internet, including The Huffington Post, The Rumpus, The Hairpin, and many other places. He won the Wergle Flomp Humor Poetry Prize, received an Avery Hopwood Award for Poetry at the University of Michigan, and was a finalist for the 2014 Brooklyn Non-Fiction Prize. Additionally, he has recorded work for NPR’s All Things Considered and BBC’s Americana, and previously toured a pair of one-man shows to theaters across the country.