Computer Gremlin

The computer is a mystery to me. Ours is likely to remove a file and put it in outer limbo somewhere, change fonts without being asked, move margins and tabs, again unasked, and/or refuse certain commands. No solution in sight except to live with it …

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COMPUTER GREMLIN

the techie                                                 020
whipped through here
while you were stirring
your coffee

he claimed ability
with our computer
dug into it
with a nail-file

waxed number keys
vacuumed keyboard
sprayed upper-case comments
on the screen

jammed the printer                                         021..1.20.14..
with used-one-side paper
braided wires round
the desk legs

spun the chair
five times around
before sliding
out into rain

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About Joanna M. Weston

Born in England, she is now living in Shawnigan Lake, BC. She is married to Robert, an accountant, and they have three sons, Andrew Jon Mark ... and two cats, Alice and Chaucer. Joanna has an MA from the University of British Columbia. She has published in numerous anthologies and in magazines in Canada, the US, UK, and New Zealand, such as Canadian Women's Studies, Convolvus, Endless Mountains Review, Grain, Green's Magazine, Prairie Fire, Spin, Wascana Review, CBC Gallery, and many more... Clarity House Press has published several of her chapbooks including: Berry and the Birthday Band (2010) One of These Little Ones (1987) – out of print Cuernavaca Diary (1990) – out of print Seasons (1993) – out of print Watch-night (2005) – out of print
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