My resume | Joel Burrows

Part I: About Me

I am unemployed

 

I have 200 Pokemon cards

and an anxiety disorder

that I’ll hide until
my probation has ended

 

There is a collection
of bees that live
in my car park
and they scare me
every morning
 

My 2011 tattoo of Steve Jobs

was my greatest mistake

 

I like chasing

my dogs in the woods

 

Part II: Work Experience

 

Table setter

2000 - 2012
Coleen
aka
my Mum

 

The worst barista

2013 - 2013

The Sea cliff Cafe

 

Tantrum craddler

1994 - 2020
Me Industries
aka I was

self-employed

 

Part III: Skills
 

Sometimes when
I chase my dogs

through the woods

I can almost make

my mind go blank

 

I am no longer thinking

about breakfast

or purchasing spoons

 

My wet feet splosh in the
mud and my two staffies
run and my pink brian
sloshes around in its fluid

I’d be dazzled by

the greenery

if I was looking at

the greenery

 

It’s a skill I can only

do while I’m sprinting
 

Part IV: Hobbies

 

I can quote all of the Titanic

 

Part V: References

 

The boss that I slighted
when I refused to work
unpaid overtime
the day he got a divorce

 

max@theseacliffcafe.com

 

The ferns and the pine
trees and the ivy
that I run past
and through and into
as I ferociously
try to tune out the panic
 

+61 457 amongst the woods

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joel Burrows is a Wollongong-based writer. His poetry can be found on Going Down Swinging and The Writers Bloc. Joel has also been published by VICE, The Guardian, and Junkee. You can find him on Instagram here.

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