Word Processor

Margie often thought words
just spilled through her fingers.
It was all learned so long ago
by touch typing in school.

Then she was thrilled by winning
an over ninety-words-a- minute
prize.  Margie was sure to
transcribe important documents.

But today she finished the form letter.
Now what must be noted is paragraph
three be included with addressee list five.

Section seven contains financial
disclosure which only went to top list
number one. Someone would check it. 

Technological advances had replaced
people.  Equipment never felt sick or
required holidays, vacations, breaks.
Much more cost effective.

Margie wanted to close her eyes
against this flood of words.   Shut
her ears againstthe pounding of
machines, sighs of other operators.

-Joan McNerney

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Joan McNerney’s poetry has been included in numerous literary magazines such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Moonlight Dreamers of Yellow Haze, Blueline, and Halcyon Days.  Three Bright Hills Press Anthologies, several Poppy Road Review Journals, and numerous Kind of A Hurricane Press Publications have accepted her work.  Her latest title is Having Lunch with the Sky and she has four Best of the Net nominations.