Ann Gibson: Pinned

Like the emperor,
he doesn’t know he’s nude,
expects respect.

He deems her dispensable,
not deserving her own desk
or daily change of uniform.

She’s sussed that he skives,
steals biscuits from her stash,
never contributes to collections.

Still she smiles, takes the flak.
But the naked gonk on her hot desk
is really a voodoo doll.