poetryrepairs #242 17,11:127

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JOAN McNERNEY : Word Processor
JOAN McNERNEY : Hospital Switchboard Operator

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JOAN McNERNEY
Word Processor

She often thought words just spilled through her fingers. It was all learned so long ago by touch typing in school. Then she was thrilled by winning an over ninety-words-a-minute prize. Margie was sure to transcribe important documents. She finished the form letter. Now what must be remembered was paragraph three goes with addressee list five. Section seven contains financial disclosure which only went to top list number one. Someone would check it. Technological advances had replaced people. Equipment never felt sick or required holidays, vacations, breaks. Much more cost effective. Margie wanted to close her eyes against this flood of words. Shut her ears against the pounding of machines, sighs of other operators.

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JOAN McNERNEY
Hospital Switchboard Operator

After thirty years of service, Francine knows she hears the heart beat of this hospital. Voicemail, call waiting, cell phones were just gadgets, she speaks for clinics, ICU's and admissions. Francine is the one who connects post surgery status reports to loved ones. She can sense the tension in their speech. The weary sick call for visits to clinics. Others anxiously requested test results sent to their homes. Doctors park in designated spaces. Walking briskly in a flurry of white jackets, they converse in their own language. Francine knew how to listen.

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