Invoice Department – Poem (Working Lives by John Darwell)

Raddick Plantation, Dartmoor, England by Ian D Smith

Raddick Plantation, Dartmoor, England by Ian D Smith

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Invoice Department

The building was decaying.

A room full of coffee-grinder calculators

Was destined for museums

Doing the twentieth century.

The man who kept

The toilet stocked with toilet rolls

Was tipping people off

About the coming computers.

I laboured on with the old system

As gardener after gardener

Whose invoices had been ditched,

Rang to complain.

The boss figured in December nothing grows,

So no one got a penny,

Except for the small guys—

A couple of grand

One Christmas eve

To a weed-trimmer in Neasden.

No questions asked and no PCs,

Just gravity taking the big guns

To the bottom of the in-tray.

Lateral Moves 24, 1999

1984-86 "A look at the clothing manufacturing industries around Stockport and South Manchester." By John Darwell  Commissioned by Stockport Museums and Art Gallery Service.

1984-86 “A look at the clothing manufacturing industries around Stockport and South Manchester.” By John Darwell
Commissioned by Stockport Museums and Art Gallery Service.

Photograph reproduced by kind permission John Darwell.com.