The Director wasn’t at work on my first day
on my second, he spoke to me :
The workplace as museum exhibit –
in the early 1980’s, staff didn’t speak to the Director,
he – there weren’t any she’s – spoke to staff.
At lunch he gazed to where I was sitting.
After he left the room
his secretary came over –
“the Director wants to see you … at 3:30.”
Before my time he smoked a pipe
later, when considered almost okay,
I witnessed much air pipe smoking.
He spoke as if he was,
as if his words faced an obstacle –
climbed, dropping to full sentences.
Speaking: production and transmission
clunking diction fires bullet points
– This should be our only meeting.
– I was responsible to,
– and the responsibility of, the senior scientist.
– Bryan will ….
– Applicants had proved less than ideal … “you’ve been given a chance.”
“I appreciate the …”
This is not a dialogue,
he speaks over ….
One final directive –
in red and underlined.
This is a small town workplace –
fitting in, is of equal importance as finesse.