At least once a week the phone rang
lifting to terse introduction, no preamble
“… did I understand
… did I think
… had I not told my staff. ”
curt summons to the office
“ I want to show you,
I want you to see this for yourself ” –
often minimal and easily remediated
but contrition and apology expected.
At least once a month
one of the voices came to office
“ could I have moment
was it convenient
did I have few minutes.”
they needed my assistance
my interpretation – could I see it their way?
Acid became sugar – became phone call.