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 margaretelysiagarcia

Margaret Elysia Garcia primarily writes fiction, essays and poetry from a remote corner of the Sierra Nevada. She's currently working on a non-fiction book about plus-sized modeling. She's also searching for a publisher for her new collection of stories? Mary of the Chance Encounters. Her short story collection Sad Girls & Other Stories out now on Solstice Literary Press. She blogs here and at Throwing Chanclas and Girl Body Pride. Is a contributor to Hip Mama Magazine. She writes the zine The Adventures of Sad Girl with her daughter, Paloma. She’s a three-time director of the national Listen to Your Mother Show in Plumas County ( She has an alternative women’s music show Milkshake & Honey on Plumas Community Radio (
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