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Dogs 2017

TRANSITIONS
(12/3/17)

our company's
database
is rather large

well over
300,000
contacts

that would be
people

every day
someone there
is promoted

hired

fired

retires

dies

the task
is never ending

but each
update
in the file
is a reminder

a promise

that change
is inevitable

yet
we take
for granted
that our jobs
will be here
tomorrow

that our
lives
will be here
tomorrow

when we
should know better
than anyone
that any
tomorrow
may never
arrive

as an added
reminder
I keep
a bird's skull
on my desk

my coworkers
think it
macabre

but
the white bone
rides
each of
my keystrokes
in periphery

living
through me

until my fingers
are stripped
of flesh
as well