Poem written at call centre desk B2B – by Jack Leaf Willetts


Jack Leaf Willetts is one of our longest-standing contributors and he never fails to send us work that is remarkable, beautiful and full of soul. Jack is a writer, artist, part-time superhero, poet and song maker. We hope to be able to bring you lots more of his work on the blog and in future issues of our magazine for a long time to come.


As I sat down to start the shift
I thought of Langston
and his page for English B
It was the desk code
that reminded me

I thought of you
and my digital
love note
unopened
flashing on
your screen

my screen
throws up
details
as the calls
come in
so I type
and add TV
channels
to a TV plan
for somebody
In London

I pick up the
missed calls
on my break
and quickly
send:
messages
through
radio
waves

send
I love you(s)
In ones
and zeros

I take calls
and upgrade channels
lifestyle channel,
culture channel,
anything you can think of channel

and it
occurs
to me
that
in taking
this job

I have
Imitated
the program:

upgraded
our lifestyle and
travel package

(months of this
for four pretty
days in old Paris)

downgraded
our time
removed our touch
channels

on my last
break
the msg
reads
*broken*
*some text missing*

delete messages
Inbox full

prompted
I do as the
screen
tells
me

subconsciously
forming
a hierarchy
of sentiments
in my mind

I delete
the
miss you(s)
to make
way for
an
‘I love you’

I don’t
know
where
the
deleted
go –
if
anywhere

I just
hope
you
can
see
past
the
LCD
and
the
binary
code
hope
you
can
feel
my
love
through
a
sequence
of
ones
and
zeros


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