Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "C.S. Eye"

This poem came out of the August 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired by a prompt from siege and sponsored by janetmiles.  It also happens to be a podcast script.  The context was just so overwhelmingly audio, it spilled over into the form.

C.S. Eye

[tinny music-on-hold]

Phonebot: "Please continue to hold.  Your call is very--"

C.S. Eye: "Good morning!  What can I do for you today?"

Customer: "My account isn't registering my deposit,
the fuckwit accountant on the case can't find the problem,
now my bills are overdrawn because the bank can't find my money,
and this so-called 'customer service' is giving me the runaround.
In three different languages, so far today."

C.S. Eye: "I'll fix that right now. 
Please punch in your account number
and the amount of your deposit."

Customer: "Is this call being recorded for quality control?"

C.S. Eye: "Great Ghu, no!
Nothing ever gets fixed that way.
We're flying completely under the radar here."

Customer: "Okay, what the hell."

[phone buttons beeping]

[keyboard clicking]

C.S. Eye: "All fixed! 
This has been a visit from C.S. Eye,
keeping an eye on customer service
for your health and sanity.  Have a nice day!"

Narrator: "At first it was just a rumor,
but the rumor grew into legend,
and the legend matured into myth:
Don't worry, little guys.
Geeks are watching over you."

Tags: cyberfunded creativity, fishbowl, poem, poetry, reading, science fiction, writing

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