San Ramon, CA, 11/22/1999, Pacific Bell/SBC (Cafeteria)
(Dedicated to my colleagues and friends at P*B/SBC – Deepak Sarkar, www.kolki.com)
Cash registers are officially closed –
They are now totaling day’s transactions
The cri-cridi-crik sound can be heard from a distance -
After serving thousands with hearty breakfast
And multinational customized mouth-watering lunch!
Yes! Lunchtime is over for the day
In this huge yet artistic Pacific Bell main cafeteria
Inside the Campus in San Ramon Valley California!
Upstairs smaller cafeteria is still serving
For the unfortunate ones who missed lunch for meeting -
Or attending outstanding work for the deadlines upcoming
Or to the fortunate ones enjoying rewarding party time!
Men and women downstairs
Are busy cleaning and packaging unsold items!
Loud sound of moving pots, pans and carts
Making noises enough to be heard from a distance!
They are getting ready for tomorrow’s serving
As some skipped their very lunch untimely -
Too early, 9:30 am, in the morning
Now trying to revive lost appetite with early dinner
Before rushing for the evening shift elsewhere!
Swans and Canadian Geeses enjoying surrounding lake
Making wild sounds while taking off or landing in groups for rest!
New parents are guarding their chicks as they graze
While pregnant ones by glass window feeling more private!
An elderly lady ensuring salt and pepper in each table
For tomorrow’s fresh start –
Bade goodnight to me with a very affectionate smile
And some wonder in her eyes
About this very late sole customer
Sitting and writing alone in the huge cafeteria!
Author: Deepak Sarkar, 844 Royal Oak Ave, Victoria, BC V8X 3T2, Canada; Tel/Fax: 250-412-2897;
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