We are all clerks,

All of us.

All of us doing the same job;

Checking people in and

Checking people out.

Specialists in the fine art

Of writing the last name first

And the first name last.

We pause prophetically

At the filing cabinet

Masters of the innuendo of

Alphabetical order,

Seers plunged ecstatically

Into series of memorandums

Silently awaiting the

Swift dexterity of the staple remover.


Ted Goodell



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