Ode to the Telephone Operator

Where are we going and whom are we calling?
Talk over each other’s voices and yell through the window
dirty like a child
What city and what state?

Whichever helps us lose the most weight
What listings? More helpful than I thought,
didn’t even need to pick up a book or ask a person-
just dial the operator

Fighting for a place around the bargain bin to save money for
Exercise equipment that won’t get used
Would you like me to dial the # for you?
How much will it cost? 35 cents?! That’s a rip off!
This country takes advantage of the poor,
Exploiting the American $
It’s an outrage and I work too hard for my money!
Would you like me to give you the #?
What and waste time! Dial it for me

His to do list comes with a stylus and 2 batteries
The planes plot revenge, why did they have to suffer?
I’m connecting you sir.
The planes fly too low and
they all fall down.

Thank you for calling, how can I help you?
No ma’am, how can I help you for a change

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