At the Office

I think of us sometimes

the way I used to

picture  deBeauvoir & Satre

desks head to head

in a big room lined

with dust &  ideas of others  

a near dead plant in the corner 

a cat needing to be let out

an ashtray needing to be emptied

another lover needing attention


only we are

in the ether

opposite ends of the country

perhaps on the opposite

ends of more than that.

you send me bits of what 

you’ re reading attach bits

of what you’re seeing

makes me feel more

me and you , and

less me and nothingness

and perhaps you notice

or perhaps like Sartre

you think I’m sentimental

as you head into the wild


there are stacks of words

in both our places

plants that need watering

pets that need feeding

drunks’ glasses that need filling

partners needing attention

 i don’t mind the 

absence in the fullness

 i look up from my desk

over at the empty space

that you often fill from the ether

and that is the perfect us for me

About Margaret Elysia Garcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia is the author of short story ebook collection Sad Girls and Other Stories, and the audiobook Mary of the Chance Encounters, and the co-founder and lead playwright of Las Pachucas, theatrical troupe. She teaches creative writing and theatre in a California state prison.
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