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by Nadia Gilbert Kent


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When you were born
Did you apply for this role?

This revolving door
with ample job training, who
Gets dirty quickly?

This high paced environment,
for which intensive drilling
is required?

When you picture your mother holding your body,
Fresh in her arms
Are you getting the feeling that
you made a difference?
If even only for a short period of time?

(Time for which middle management asked you to clock out
when you were forgotten, or worse?)

Were you trying to force a square peg into a round hole?
Did you spend way too much money on high-end decor
that could make the hole cheaper?

When you consider your first memories,
Do you see yourself as a series of cogs in a machine?
Are those cogs hurling your mother’s credit cards into the void?
Is one of those cogs Jennifer Aniston?
Is the void a tiled or a vinyl-covered floor?

Or are you peeling floral paper from the dry-wall
In long, calculated strips
Across from your crib?

Or are you remembering the memories of celebrities whose memories you have read about
Such as Jennifer Aniston, for which you have one cog in common
With everyone else who knows
Her name?

Were you the clone she wanted?
Were you sure to bring this up in your interview?

Were there too many meetings?
Did she allow kids to walk all over you?
Did you earn every single penny?

Did middle management hide their unhappiness
As you finally hoisted yourself up on two legs, hands grasping the coffee table?
Did you feel the ground move as the sea beneath you?
Did revenue drive every step?

Did you feel as trapped as everyone else here does?

06/22/2022

Author's Note: Author's Note: Approximately 75% Glassdoor review excerpts and 25% me. Re: Jennifer Aniston Cog https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grandmother_cell#:~:text=The%20grandmother%20cell%2C%20sometimes%20called,entity%2C%20such%20as%20their%20grandmother.

Posted on 06/22/2022
Copyright © 2022 Nadia Gilbert Kent

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Laura Doom on 06/23/22 at 01:38 PM

Your review helped me immensely, despite my generic underdevelopment. It must be a genetic predisposition, this tendency to shatter when negotiating evolving doors.

Posted by Philip F De Pinto on 06/28/22 at 05:04 PM

A lovely assembly of questions posed the puzzle which is our life. Hopefully at the end of the day we are provided sufficient pieces to put it all together.

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