page 11 of 129 of Tender Buttons

Glazed Glitter

I cheated on this one and dug around online and was told that glitter – might – be referring to money, the clue being “nickel”. From here the poem opened up and that she seems to be talking about a paycheck (sinecure) and getting paid by the hour (“interpretation” meaning that an hour is interpreted by money. She might also be playing on words with “gratitude” and gratuity in that you don’t tip your doctor.

I have no idea what she’s going on about with Japanese, but the final line of borrowing being unnatural is a good line and relates back to the line about there being no money in mercy in that people who need money have none.