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Pushing 1s and 0s

July 2, 2009

‘Pushing paper’ fades
into etymology;
now we push 1s and 0s
from laptops to networks
to internet portals, and
strangers decode our symbols
like Egyptian scribes, creating
stock quotes and photos of hurricanes
and marketing plans for the latest
cell phone.

A security guard glides
through the marble lobby
of a class A office building
in the financial district,
shouting encouragement
to Friday commuters:
“Great job this week,”
he smiles, as if
our tightly packed boulders
of 1s and 0s
would not be waiting for us
at the bottom
of that Monday morning hill.

by Holly Wehmeyer

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  1. Sheryl
    July 2, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    Congrats on the latest poem, Holly. You do have a way with words! Subject
    matter reminds me of what you young career women are dealing with. Times
    were simpler “back in the day” when I rode an elevator to my little office in
    Boulder, CO.

  2. Holly
    July 13, 2009 at 2:27 am

    I really like this. I’m reading it late on a Sunday night and I can feel the boulders waiting for me tomorrow morning at the office. I always feel them waiting. Well said.

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