Saturday, March 16, 2013

How to survive the first week


think before you print. 
think green.

you envy the importance
of office printers here - 
  they attract 
  traffic of paper loads -

and big vending machines -
  filled with shiny cans &
  sugary goodies to hasten the  
  yellowing of teeth- 

you scribble with pens,  
  labelled with CRM program - see
  you are compliant as a mouse-

remember the good side is always
the bottom line - more sales & 
  working hours, counted like abacus-   

you tap the keyboard & file- 
mute like hanging plants above,
  green as summer blades-   
  under bright lights, you  

plow through the day,
  putting your aches 
  in tea bags- 






Posted for:   D'verse Poets Pub ~  It's not easy being green ~  Hosted by Karin Gustafson

Happy St. Patrick's Day ~

Picture credit:   here

37 comments:

  1. ha..putting the aches in tea bags... i think that's not a bad way to deal with them... file-mute like hanging plants made me smile...the first week is never easy.. and oh these printers... i've organized my work paperless..so my printer is almost unemployed...smiles

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  2. smiles...the tea makes for a nice refreshing close to the day...stress relief....make mine earl grey please...more sales and working hours...counted on the abacus...make me feel like i am looking forward to friday again...ha....

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  3. I don't know if my comment did something--

    I started to say - me too! You write both very particularly and universally. Good job. k.

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  4. green tea and envying the modern printer...sounds like you are working your way to a green beer there! Nice.

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  5. Putting aches in tea bags... love that, Grace.

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  6. ...when you are to get stressed with all the crazy office works plus some irritating officemates... a cup of tea always helps... smiles... good morning Grace!

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  7. Oh all that waste in the work... thank god for green tea (though I'm a coffee person)

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  8. I like my green tea. Great points to make about office activities and impacts on green, and then turn to the healing power of green at days end. Very kool commentary on the hypcrosy(sp?) of the world. Maybe. Or maybe about something else. lol I did enjoy this. My head is still in bed. Great job as always.

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  9. The marginalization of real life in our so-called 'real world' is shown with strong effect here.

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  10. Yeah, spot on,but the compliance is due to ignorance rather than agreement.
    What is in that teabag??

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    1. I really don't know Aprille ~ Thanks for the visit ~

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  11. I really like the last stanza. Glad for the tea bag to take one's aches away.

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  12. Aches in tea bags - a most suitable projection. It all seems so much better with tea!

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  13. Those closing lines are just brilliant!

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  14. There's nothing like a good cup of tea for the aches of the day, and the stresses of not using too much paper to get the job done.

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  15. Both strain and peace in this poem. I smiled at the end it was unexpected and welcomed... can't pass up a lovely cup of green tea.

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  16. If only tea would make my aches go away, I'd drink it night and day, dumb 9 to 5 haha

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  17. And now I want some tea :) I enjoyed this, peppermint tea and peach tea are my favorites. :)

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  18. What nice poem GRace I love green!
    Happy St Patrick s day Grace!!

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    1. You too Gloria ~ Have a lovely weekend ~

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  19. You must tell me what kind of teabag that is. It is the most beautiful one I have ever seen. Almost worth doing office work, but not quite, hee hee. I enjoyed this one, kiddo.

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    1. I know Sherry but unfortunately, I don't know what's inside the tea bag ~

      Thanks for the visit ~

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  20. A weariness expressed so well - just getting through the day mute as the plants - until relief at the end of the day. K

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  21. Has an air of quiet resignation and desperation!

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  22. This is something to which we can all relate, I think. A fine, strong poem. Love the tone.

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  23. I think you captured the feelings of so many who work in offices, going through the day in resigned compliance with the demands of their work. All could relate to your such a realistic and lovely poem.

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  24. In agreement with some of the other comments I like the last stanza
    "plow through the day,
    putting your aches
    in tea bags- "
    You have captured so well some of the office days that grind away at our sensitivity,,,thank goodness there is "something" that can make it go easier,,,not forgetting to stay green of course,,,

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  25. Wow! The details in this just hurled me back about ten years to that office environment I always found so stifling. Well done.

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  26. very creative and soothing to my senses! Blessings Grace

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  27. Nicely written. I work in an office all day and so relate.

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  28. Office greens play the blues! Each detail hits home, and then the tea bags ... Great pic.

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  29. Green tea to rescue from office blues! :)

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  30. I spilled my green tea all over the bench this afternoon! These little things can be so disheartening.

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  31. I wish my "office" was outside among the forest greens :)

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  32. ...quite unnatural, how much time we spend indoors. Recycling is good... but I'm not sure we can ever reverse the damage we do. Lovely, lovely and like above, the ending stanza is stellar!

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