The Ladies Don’t Want to Be Here

Sadness blows gray puffs from her turquoise.
Plugs don’t plug, and wires cross paths
with irritable tempers floating on the scum
of dirty rugs, where mirrors from monitors
shatter self, bright logs that support nothing

but pink coffins. Some gracefully leave
urgently, if only to save their remaining
sensibility, to float away with sticky wings,
unstuck but for the grace of gods who visit

only occasionly, who (the gods) sneer helplessly
at squeaky, rolling chairs, and the wires spark
despite masterful electrical architecture. The one

with the tubby brain thinks herself important
despite evidence to the contrary, thinks
the customers should love her, arrogantly,
just as management would want, but it is this

that is most insane as we watch time fly
by our worthlessness, laughing (time) at our ugly
building, crying at our tireless, circular motions,

wanting (time) to take us out of the game forever,
and all of this makes me want my Mozart.


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  1. #1 by Michele Seminara on April 30, 2013 - 7:21 pm

    I think I know the feeling! Great poem.

    • #2 by Carl on May 1, 2013 - 9:04 pm

      Thank you for your comment, Michele. I’m glad the scene isn’t completely unique!

  2. #3 by alexanderpseudonym on May 10, 2013 - 12:10 am

    Brilliant. Your descriptions are bang on. It’s really evocative

    • #4 by Carl on May 13, 2013 - 1:22 pm

      Thank you for your comment. I enjoy your work and appreciate your visit.

  3. #5 by clawfish on May 22, 2013 - 11:29 pm

    life seen true

    • #6 by Carl on May 26, 2013 - 10:11 am

      Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it.

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