An office worker’s song

Hear sounds of night —
          a lullaby for withered fronds
Hear sighs of night —
          how dark are shadows passing
Hear screams of night —
          of horsemen in his nightmare
Awake, asleep: it doesn’t matter
with daylight dreams will shatter.

Hear sounds of light —
          from highways clogged with traffic
Hear sighs of light —
          in balance sheets unbalanced
Hear screams of light —
          with deadlines being broken.
Awake, asleep: it doesn’t matter
as life is brimmed with chatter.

Office at night by Edward Hopper

Office at night by Edward Hopper

Today Victoria hosts at dVerse, and we should use repetitions in the poetry.

January 19, 2017

27 responses to “An office worker’s song

  1. Awake, asleep…it doesn’t matter. So often there is such a sense of desperation in life as you describe and underline using repetition. Funny (not) how work and other responsibilities invade our sleep.

  2. A wonderfully dystopian ballad of that leaden-eyed nightmare we experience both awake and asleep. I was fortunate to spend 30 years serving others as a special Ed teacher, but I do not miss the corporate beaurcratic bullshit that inhabited each day.

  3. Awake, asleep: it doesn’t matter. Oh man does this encapsulate retrained panic. Like knowing you’re in a day mare yet can’t pull yourself out.. Well dome

  4. Hear screams of light —
    with deadlines being broken.
    Awake, asleep: it doesn’t matter
    as life is brimmed with chatter.

    This is soo wonderfully hypnotic!

  5. This is a living nightmare for the majority of folk. Glad I took an early retirement….I so well know of this. I won’t say ‘lovely’…but it smacks of ultimate truth.

  6. ‘Awake, asleep: it doesn’t matter’ – how true of dreary, soul-crushing office work. The repetition in this is so effective – echoing the repetitive nature of office work – and the repetitive sounds of the workplace.

  7. LOVE this! The repetition is excellent and shifts just that bit from the pleasant to the grating……..you’ve hit the nail on the head in terms of the stress involved with work and the sometimes insomnia and dreams that can come when work closes in.

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