Night Shift

With our company always on call
we were rostered on different shifts
though some did only night shifts.

Some of us died young
under retiring age.
All those who died within
my ten years there had
only worked night shifts
for at least several years.

Doris had a brain tumour
Enid had stomach cancer
May had lung cancer
Alf had a massive heart attack.
Young Jack was medicated
for seizures. He went to sleep
one night for ever.

Relief workers came in
each time staff attended
yet another funeral.

We all knew those who died
had spent so long on night shifts
yet no one questioned that.

I do wonder ….
are our bodies chewed
up by turning
day into night ?
night into day ?

For some do not survive night shift.


Previously posted March 2016.

Night Shift

Call Centre

A huge office is
crowded with desks
clacking computers
headset people
transacting on telephones
with faceless callers
who can not see them
on this free call number.
The callers must explain
their business to
faceless operators
who can not see them.

Hapless operators let loose
on a hapless public
after a few days training
must remember many pages
by rote to repeat back
relevant sections to their
baffled callers.

They must follow
the company script
with no exceptions
to what the company
has publicly advertised.


Previously posted March 2016.

Call Centre