Full Cup


The New Yorker    Sept. 28, 2020      Price $8.99

Cover: “Open Offices”  by Pascal Campion

in a high-rise office building 

overlooking the city 

a worker stands alone 

by the water cooler 

holding his full cup 

not looking out the window 

but at the empty workspace 

alive with eight plants 

and nothing more 

sunlight streams through 

casting shadows 

across the room

I can’t help wondering 

if his water 

is for the plants 

that no one else 

is there to tend

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