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Back You are here: Home Stories Words for the People Short Stories February 2011: Bleeding Hearts The Clerk's Song
Monday, 31 January 2011 18:47

The Clerk's Song

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Hidden in the only ally, unbiased sleep,

the sudden summons rips my exile’s cave.

The clock that serves employers cries:

Arise! Dazed, apologetic, I mumble:

“Five minutes.” Silence the insistent nag,

my wife of passing ticks.

Stir awake. Oh, no. Overslept.

Fast wash, dry shave, yesterday’s suit,

breakfastless rush to the bus,

the guilty fears of lateness.

“Will he see me sneaking in?

Will he fire me?”

Off the bus,

following the tardy hips of typists

to the subway of suffering.

The brief pause in daylight,

the radiant sungleams unnoticed,

scurry through revolving doors,

“Good morning,” to the elevator man,

archbishop of boredom.

My floor, entrance, trying to look

as if I just stepped out for coffee.

The potent eye of accusation falls on me

and I take refuge at my desk.

Sightless, I stare my papers

(my face my mask of concentration)

dreaming time’s faster passage,

yet fearful of its passing.




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Gary Beck

Gary Beck has spent most of his adult life as a theater director and worked as an art dealer when he couldn't earn a living in the theater. His chapbook 'Remembrance' was published by Origami Condom Press and 'The Conquest of Somalia' was published by Cervena Barva Press. A collection of his poetry 'Days of Destruction' was published by Skive Press. His poetry collection ‘Expectations’ was published by Rogue Scholars Press. (http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984098208) His plays and translations of Moliere, Aristophanes and Sophocles were produced Off Broadway. His poetry has appeared in numerous literary magazines.

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