1. Her Pragmatic View
She’s the navy and gray babe
Legs crossed, a karmic assistant
In charge of the 10,000 things,
Watchful, self-improving, just
The mental mercury to strive,
Upwardly mobile in both
and repair, always
Remodeling the human clay.
Her stomach is tense, her nerves
Are nervous in the cubical of life,
Toes dusty from the women’s camp.
She has everyone’s issues at heart,
But without grim news to report
Her life would be unbearable,
She prays for the foreign.
Only the overseas correspondent
With his native idiom and know-how
Can overcome her self-alienation,
Her congenital virginity.
2. Her Tragic Role
“I’m a lifer, glum and pert, camped out
In the office of health and survival,
Interfering, my tongue lashing out.
You regard me
In the changing light of a tyranny of suspense,
Like a storm front or a smoldering volcano.
You will never appreciate that
I am the perfect model of the world,
The practical answer to everything.
Though I’m no effusive gusher
I’m thirsty for your soulful remarks,
Your connection to my tragedy.
If you are anything like me, a clone
Of efficiency, keep on moving, scram.
I want your random improbabilities."
3. In Case Of Emergency
Trail mix, powdered milk,
Dried seaweed cakes stashed
In your desk drawers, that big one
Has a 50lb bag of brown rice
In case they drop the bomb
And you have to feed everyone.
No one knows how prepared
Or how domestic you are, or
you count on opportunity
To give service and project strength,
After the comet, the outbreak,
The global disaster, no more nerves,
The war zone takes out all the kinks.
Dire straits will be the biggest
Kick in the teeth you ever got
But worth every minute,
The joy of masochism, pain
And suffering unchained, a draining
Melodrama of pitiful needs
And heroic sacrifices.
In case of emergency, break glass.
4. Soul Shopper
Poetic justice cannot be Medieval
enough, more bittersweet, more
heart-pierced with cherub arrow.
No dungeon can condemn you more,
Bury your life more deeply than
Mothering earth, slithering soil,
The brickwork depths of self-control.
Your job is open, waiting, wherever
You go, the task schedule is full.
Employers totally depend on your
Effective way of getting things done.
Welcome to global bivouac, camp
Is where you make it, the office
Will never be the same without you.