From Unpredictable Hue, 2019.


The two guys
work hard to convince
the woman.
Their laptops
hum and spin. The three confer.
Do the numbers speak

the language
the bank wants to hear?
the woman
says. Inspects dreams lighted by
the glowing screen. Hope

tints faces
she must ignore it
It is not
a kindness
to support drowning in debt
but impossible

not to feel
the aspirations
of two guys
who need her to value hope
and find its number

(shadorma chain)

3 thoughts on “Quantify

    • I was thinking about the years I spent as a commercial loan officer handling people’s requests, when I saw this scene at the grocery store cafe (back in 2018 it was). And I knew just how everyone was feeling.

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