Staples

      by Deborah P Kolodji and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Frogpond 41:2, Spring/Summer 2018, page 72. Originally written 12 October 2013 in Seabeck, Washington.

compensation plan
the stapler jams
on my copy                                                                               Debbie

        a password written
        on a sticky note                                                                Michael

hole punch confetti
their office romance
no longer secret                                                                        Debbie

frosted windows—
whiteout
on the employee handbook                                                       Michael

        our Christmas ornaments
        hung with paperclips                                                         Debbie

layoff notice—
she hands me
the staple remover                                                                    Michael