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Corollary to the Law of Gravity
(Or is it Inertia?): any flat horizontal surface
Above the level of the floor
Will become covered with papers.
They come and go. Those that linger –
Not important enough to file,
Too important to throw away -
Sit with me at the center of a universe.

To my right, Business Development chats
On the cell phone she can barely use (no voice mail.)
Finance/Compliance tries to close the books on the past,
But the past is out of balance.
Behind me, Collections negotiates patiently but firmly,
Speaking of workout arrangements and broken promises.
Operations is (uncharacteristically) on vacation.

To my left, my boss, the true Center of this Universe,
Sits head in hands again.
He reports sleepless nights
Not even attributable to his IBS
Nor even to playful nocturnal cats.
I wish I could invite him over to my universe,
Where at 5:30 p.m. EDT I can lock the Sensitive drawer,
Clock out, and this universe ceases to exist.
He’s a good guy, as much as we get on each other’s nerves,
I, outside his office every day for ten years of turmoil.

The best I can offer is a sticky note
Placed carefully in the center of
His unnaturally bare desk pad:

Head -----> X

Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana. - Groucho Marx

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The following comments are for "The Center of A Universe"
by LinnieRed

Hey, HeRoCoMpLeX!
Got your poetry challenge right here! Haven't you learned to be careful what you ask for? ; )

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: August 6, 2010 )

The Center of a Universe
Hey Linnie...sorry I missed this!

This is great...a REAL slice of life. Albeit it's not in rhyme...but a tell it like it is...a chronicle of a day in the life....!

(Including your quircky sense of humor in the end.)

Love it!


( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 17, 2010 )

Welcome to my world!
Thanks so much for noticing this, Bea, and for your kind comments! Poetry is definitely a change of pace for me. I assumed this attempt was just going to fade into well-deserved obscurity, but you've helped it achieve...well, maybe not 15 minutes - maybe just about FIVE minutes of fame before it disappears into the vast recesses of the Internet!

Your comment also couldn't have come at a better time: I just got home from my LEAST favorite day at the office each month - Board meeting day, when I get the dubious honor of putting out refreshments (that are never quite good enough for SOME people!) AND taking the minutes! It does my heart good to get a scratch behind the ears for the writing that I do for pleasure, NOT for business!

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: August 17, 2010 )

I typed your name in all caps so you wouldn't miss it. :D

I'm sooooooooo sorry that it took me so long to get to this. August has been a super duper busy month for me. I'm actually coming to you live right now via a shitty German mobile internet stick from a military training base in the middle of nowhere. I have exactly one bar of service and the damn thing keeps telling me that the signal is "very poor". To which I reply,

"Thank you Captain Obvious"

Now, on to the poem:

As I said in the article, poetry is fluid and evolving. If you like this poem then run with it. Personally, I love it. It's got a quirky thing going on that totally dig. I've written and posted several poems that I wrote for no other reason than to be entertaining and funny.

This also has a lot of potential. I think I see where the illustrious (sp?) LinnieRed could possibly write some seriously beautiful pieces.

I really want to thank you for posting this. You are the first person to post something from one of my "Challenge of the Month" things. It does my heart a world of good. You know what they say, "If you reach just one person..."


( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: August 25, 2010 )

Dave in Linnie's Universe
Thanks, Dave! Welcome back!

I'm so glad you like this! What I really wanted to capture in the midst of the quirkiness was a bit of the pathos of my poor boss. I really like him, and we joke around pretty constantly. Sometimes we get on each others' nerves or even piss each other off, but he's really a good guy, and he's been under a tremendous amount of strain, especially for the last year-and-a-half as the credit union industry has been slammed pretty constantly by economic trends and what seems like more government regulation every day. I feel really badly for him, and there's very little I can do to help relieve his stress.

He's on vacation until after Labor Day (which means the rest of us are on "virtual vacation!) He's probably still lying awake at night worrying about the place.

Thanks again for reading and commenting! : )

( Posted by: LinnieRed [Member] On: August 26, 2010 )

Dave's Challenge
Sorry I haven't rose to your Challenge in Majestic Dave, but I think I've touched base with ALMOST every subject here through the years!

The closest I've come to being out of my comfort zone (albeit the subject was humourous) was responging to a challenge to write something sexy!
For what it's it is:

Sleeping With Grandma

I wish that I could write erotic
But I know that I am
So neurotic that
I'd bore you all
As I set the scene
Of what truly happens
In my nightly routine
I turn off the TV
When the clock strikes nine
Ready for bed
After a glass of wine
No satin sheets
Are on my bed
I'm curled up in flannel
From my toes to my head

My sexy perfume
I hate to say
Is the pungent fragrance
Of old Ben Gay
My sexy nightgown
Is all the rage
It's sweatpants and tees
Just right for my age
I climb into bed
Face slathered with cream
Hoping to have
A romantic dream
But the climax for me
I'd have to say
Is just waking up
Again the next day!

Copyright©2004 Beatrice Boyle
(All rights reserved)

( Posted by: Beatrice Boyle [Member] On: August 26, 2010 )

nice poem, Linnie
Linnie, thanks for remembering me; I appreciate it.
And I really, genuinely like this poem from the concept to the title to the compassion. Beautiful.
I've been here and there. lol. Here and there.

( Posted by: seanspacey [Member] On: September 3, 2010 )

I forgot... you don't know. I lived in Thailand for some time, have been back in the U.S.A. for a couple years.

( Posted by: seanspacey [Member] On: September 3, 2010 )

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