FIELD NOTES FOR ROMANCE
The sky's fluorescent, cloudless. The weather
Your expression dog paddles the entire
ricochets between the prospect of quitting
minutes eight seconds nine tick tock et
Grass Lawn, White Picket Light, Lanterns
Then his laugh unravels across your
on the other side of alone is burning blue.
"Field Notes for Romance" is one of a series of office landscape poems I began writing after applying for a temporary job that required me to pass, among other things, a six-minute intelligence test and a personality test. I wasn’t hired, but at least I got a few poems out of the experience.