Perhaps in the future
BC as division, will be replaced with
a line sharp and bright, separating paper from electrons.
BI : Before the Internet
BI, job applications were handwritten or typed
sealed in envelopes marked personal & confidential
posted or face delivered.
The perfect blend
research position – part-time
interesting and challenging, but not wanting to move in.
type covering letter
handwrite application form.
Time – plenty. Then there wasn’t
mail could not promise to be faithful to closing date
no sweat – switch to manual – hand carry
the Public Service strident about wages.
The receptionist is not
but an offsite manager summoned to cover.
She offers quantification
many tasks, limited knowledge, zero familiarity
“ it closes today ”
pause…. her stress is palpable
no IOU not to re-offend
“I’ll make sure it gets there.” She did.