March 11th, 2019

school

poem: Voice Mail Villanelle

-Dan Skwire


We're grateful that you called today
And sorry that we're occupied
We will be with you right away.

Press one if you would like to stay,
Press two if you cannot decide.
We're grateful that you called today.

Press three to end this brief delay,
Press four if you believe we've lied.
We will be with you right away.

Press five to hear some music play,
Press six to speak with someone snide.
We're grateful that you've called today.

Press seven if your hair's turned gray,
Press eight if you've already died.
We will be with you right away.

Press nine to hear recordings say
That service is our greatest pride.
We're grateful that you called today.
We will be with you right away.



The voicemail system at work has completely died, so this seems appropriate.
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