The Office

A consultant from Palo Alto
came in to study ergonomics,
marked budget constraints
at the top-right corner of a graph pad.

Working in this manner
he drank beef bouillon from a coffee mug,
a stack of napkins to blot his mouth
before and after meetings.

On the last day of his contract
he recommended the company purchase
an orange carpet, a hot chili mixture
beneath everyone’s feet.

For each work-space he proposed
a philodendron, suggested
pictures, posters, macramé wall hangings,
encouragements for increased productivity.

The following year, HR proclaimed
a building makeover, a blue ceiling,
and a new green ladder at the end of the building.
A slippery slope.

About Lenore Weiss

Lenore's collections include "Tap Dancing on the Silverado Trail" (2011) from Finishing Line Press, “Sh’ma Yis’rael” (2007) from Pudding House Publications, and "Cutting Down the Last Tree on Easter Island" (West End Press, 2012). Her writing has won recognition from Poets&Writers (finalist in California Voices contest) and as a finalist for Pablo Neruda Prize, Nimrod International Journal. The Society for Technical Communication has recognized her work regarding Technical Literacy in the schools. All material is copyrighted on this site and cannot be used without the author's permission.
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