I sit by the phone
Waiting for a capitalist to call
My résumé on a fishhook
Yields nothing at all.

Rejection letters in the mail
My qualifications:
Quite impressive! they tell.
I have skills and abilities! 
Yes, I am clever!
I have their “best wishes”
For a future endeavor.

For the basic work
I now over-qualify.
For the top posts
Not enough years gone by.
I search all around
For experience to gain
But they’re not searching for me,
That much is plain.

Classified ads, a blur
They come apart and together
It’s not a good time
It’s foul economic weather.
I will be patient,
And continue to scour
Potential job listings
During an odd hour.