(It’s you, not me and I’m on the Wendouree)

    Up the pilgrim path she came
    With an active ABN
    She’d been contracting for far too long
    And thought she’d make some friends

    She swanned in as a temp
    In her pearls and Marimekko
    It was nice for her to write
    Without channelling Gordon Gekko

    She wrote some quite good stuff
    But often it was late
    She tried again, and lost some sleep
    She reached her ideal weight

    But as the timelines shrunk
    And the role grew thick
    She found herself empowered and
    En route to Country VIC

    She stopped quoting Dunning-Kruger
    And Sun Tzu’s Art of War
    She began writing in first person
    And dashing out the door

    From Yarraville to Footscray
    She connected to the V/Line
    For the first time in a long time
    She filed that train like a deadline

    Now we all know that writers
    Are prone to mixing tense
    But on the 9:23 Wendouree
    Everything made sense

    Meanwhile back in the office, they said
    If it wasn’t screwed on
    She would lose her head

    I think she’s in love
    Or maybe she’s pregnant
    Is that a new dress
    She’s suspiciously fragrant

    I’ve heard he’s a farmer
    And he’s tall and he’s slim
    Well it’s 9:24 and she’s clearly not in!

    On date one, he gave her a candle
    Date two, some hand-made soap
    Date three was a Liberty of London hankie
    Filled with love and hope

    So down the pilgrim path she goes
    And in her eyes a gleam
    The Annual Report is published
    And she’s reporting a loss for FY18

    She’s learnt about relationships
    While working in their service
    And hopes they find someone
    Who’s truly fit for purpose

    This poem is for the treasured folks
    Fond of the time worth spending
    To take a breath
    Or leap and chance
    On each and every ending

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