She was the boss,
MBA plus distinguished lists of appointments.
Despite her intellect and achievement
her office wasn’t grand,
rather spartan and a little on the small side.
The desk too, tidy and functional
and a little small
especially with three cramped around it
myself, her and a contractor
talking up a submitted tender.
Amid discussion of figures,
the CEO pulled open a drawer
plucked a large red apple
and sipper bottle of water.
Crunch, chomp, chomp, slurp
“ how many do you expect on-site?,
Crunch, chomp, chomp, slurp “ where is your policy
for Occupational Health & Safety?
In the appendix, 5.” Crunch, chomp, chomp, slurp, “ you understand
construction must be completed within a specified period?
“ Thank you.”
She nodded for me to wait behind
crunch, chomp, chomp,slurp
“ What do you think?”
Crunch, chomp, chomp.Slurp.