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MODERN OFFICE

June 1, 2009

(First printed in Riding Home, Talon Books, 1995)

You know, I’d rather see the sunshine;
I would rather hear the rain.
What right have I to imagine
there are seasons there outside?
There are no seasons, only fiscal years;
there is no sun although spring is here.
There are no dreams, only doubts and fears,
and the phone that buzzes all day.
Just the phone that buzzes all day, all day,
just the lights that shine bright and hot all day,
and the lovers who came and went away,
and the phone that buzzes all day, all day,
yes, the phone that buzzes all day.

You know, I’d rather see the sunshine;
I would rather hear the rain.

There are no days and there are no nights;
just the airless rooms and the blinding lights
and the phone that buzzes all day, all day,
and the friends who died or moved away
and the high demands for the meager pay
and the phone that buzzes all day, all day.
The desks are crowded into airless rooms;
the windows are sealed and tinted in gloom.
There is no sun and there is no rain
just fear of unemployment, poverty and pain,
and the phone that buzzes and buzzes all day,
yes, the phone that buzzes all day.

There are a lot of different dungeons;
there are many kinds of pain.

April, 1992

Copyright 2009, Helen Potrebenko. For permissions please visit http://helenpotrebenko.icopyright.com

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