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Stretch

Perhaps in the future
BC as division, will be replaced with
BI
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.

Photocopy CV
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
but,
industrial action
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 reprimand
no exculpation
no IOU not to re-offend
“I’ll make sure it gets there.” She did.

 

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Most of my life has been spent on the bench, occasionally called into the game by extravagance or attenuation. Waiting has turned a loner into a recorder - nondescript and inconsequential, more not noticed than overlooked - the non-vantage point of children not yet considered old enough to understand. Orphaned Islands (Un)poetry is a lifetime of picking anecdotes up and not throwing them away. Stories collected like odds and ends placed in a box in the basement, the garage, the garden shed - uncertain as to what their use might be but knowing that one day there might be one.