soft corporate carpet picked by committee

Reprimanded for an act of insubordination
during peacetime. In a humming office of terminals
filling cabinets, African cleaners and tea machines.

There are no bullets flying over no-mans land
but there is an unspoken fear.

And there are pens…

No Ypres mud or Paschendale carnage,
no chemical attack,
but a soft corporate carpet,

branded and
picked by committee.
And in meetings about

year end figures
pie charted feeling
bar graphed

you sit with a 1000 yard stare,
shell shocked in a reclining chair.

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