Poems

Vending Machine Mantra

It could have said anything else.

Have a nice day Have a nice day Have a nice day

It’s automatic.
Programmable.

Outside the break room
Sickness spreads, I say it too.

Have a . . .

Programmable.

I put the words in my mouth,
Someone else’s voice.
I put the words in my mouth,
Someone else’s voice.
I put the words in my mouth:
Someone.
Else’s.
Voice.

Punch out, pull the plug
Punch out, pull the plug
Punch out, pull the plug

I put the words in my mouth,
And go back to work.

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