Married to the Job (Evan Nicholls)

The premise is easy: you are married

to the job. You proposed to the job 

and it said Yes. Then the job said 

Yes in front of everyone. Now 

you roll up your sleeves and make

love to the job. You tell the job

how devoted you are, say you

love it because that is part of it.

Part of marriage. You wake up

early for the job, show just how bad

you care. You are tender and hide 

your cheating. Say you want a family. 

When you wake, you watch it snore 

and you roll up your sleeves. 


Evan Nicholls is a poet and collage artist from Virginia. His work is appearing or forthcoming in DIAGRAM, Sporklet, Hobart and HAD, among othersHis chapbook of poems and collages, Holy Smokes, is out from Ghost City Press. Find more of his work at

image: MM Kaufman