by Richard Barrett
forewarned, act surprised, bought for that
the card, half an hour ago when heard
a meeting or announcement soon, in all likelihood
applications finally paid off it’d seem, but
keep it to yourself, let him break the news
I’m shocked, I know, never thought he’d get it together
sufficiently to go, congratulations though
of course, have to be pleased for him, sad as well
but, anyway…good afternoon, can I take
your National Insurance number please?
HEO position, Oldham, Middleton area
just informed, couldn’t be more shocked
maybe a month, you’ll be taking us to the pub?!
oh aye! Look, he’s going red! How happy is he?!
understandable – getting out of here! seriously
: well done, yeah – nice one…
…you okay? I think I might cry, I mean
my first boss, never before had a job, knew
nothing about rules of work or the office, he
taught me all that stuff, end of an era,
exactly! I agree! didn’t want to say as much
for fear of…appearing sad? yeah, don’t be so
soft – we’ll all be thinking that
except her, maybe but, who’d want to be her?
about anyone – except herself, need to go home
I’ll email you, wondering how to admit
Richard Barrett lives and works in Salford, enjoys the music of The Fall, and yesterday bought a biography of the writer Patrick Hamilton; what he’s read of it so far has been ‘quite good’.