Poem on a line by Douglas Dunn
So now thatís all over and done with:
last budget approved, contracts signed,
meetings chaired and minutes corrected;
I've emptied drives of my folders and files
and forwarded emails to my successor:
the bureaucratic dross is all hers, now.
Iíve thanked my staff, been thanked by them
rather more than I foresaw; Iíve tried
and failed to hide my glee at this departure,
which seems to me long overdue. Iím off
to free myself from my exacting double,
her careful strategies, her tailored suits,
her quality standards that Iíve never met.
Now I'll sleep a sleep that's full of dreams
not nightmares of reports Iíve left undone;
I'll cook good food and at last have time
to read and think about the books I love.
If you have any thoughts on this poem, Sharon Phillips
would be pleased to hear them.