the proper use of thumb tacks

your picture
smiles at me
from my office wall
right next to the menu
from the sushi take-out place
and slightly above a memo
describing the phone system
which I've since found out
is riddled with errors.
long before I got here
several dozen push pins
formed a smiley face
on the bulletin board.
I corrected that immediately.

Paul David Mena
15 December, 1996
Acton, MA

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