Volume 10 (Fall 2015)
Somewhere along the line
something was supposed to happen but didn’t.
Information hadn’t reached the appropriate channels.
Protocol was in some manner ignored.
Steps, if followed, were improperly taken.
There was a mixup. A runaround. A snag.
I’ve contacted the Bureau of Hindsight Affairs about this.
They’ve notified the cleaner-uppers
and the helper people and the helpers’
helpers to get on it right away.
The director even spoke with me personally.
I wait. Response time varies. Partial action is taken
with permission and a signature from an official.
At that point, the proposal is considered by the
board, following the pending approval of the
supervisor in conjunction with the administrator.
The full measure is overseen by the executive.
I wait. It appears someone mistook my file for
another’s. This causes recourse. There was
a question I also forgot to answer, a bubble
that wasn’t shaded in neatly, and I didn’t
reply in the designated time slot. This
causes an offshoot. The president is on
vacation. You can make an appointment
upon his return.
Erric Emerson is a poet residing in Philadelphia whose poems have appeared in Collage, Neon, and Control. He received his BFA from
Goddard College and is the former Poetry Editor of Duende, an online literary journal staffed by undergraduate students at Goddard College.
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