STAPLES – free verse

01 Apr


desk-top duties: writing, filing,
paper shuffling, stapling!
cover dead wood paper with
blue chemicals, in lines.
put files between files,
behind files, before files,
file papers, achieve order.

three baskets – In, Out, Hold.
take from In and put in Hold. hold.
take from Hold, put on desk,
in Hold, on desk, in Out.
in the In basket, papers –
four drafts, four originals,
four carbons, sixteen photocopies.
shuffle, shuffle. seven sets, the draft,
original, carbon, four photocopied sets.

stapling is the best part.
put the set under the jaw of the stapler.
tap with hand, squeeze with both hands,
smash with fist, eight times.

when the stapler jams, put your hand
under the jaw and squeeze.
the staple in your palm will leave red marks
when you pull it out and remind you of
something you had forgotten.


Port of Call and other poems. The Caliban Press, Baltimore, Maryland. 1975.

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