Current Occupation: Human Resources
Former Occupation: Journalist
Contact Information: When Melanie Griffin is not working in HR at her favorite public library, she is running, singing karaoke, or helping coworkers nerd out about Doctor Who. Her poetry has been published in several local anthologies and on several national websites.
"The Keeper of Death and Taxes"
She toils along the spectrum
from maternity ward to funeral home –
never quite touching cradle or grave –
without leaving her desk,
hidden by her piles of organized humanity.
She knows all
but lets people tell her
lets their confessions meet her paperwork prophesies
at a silent point of convergence
disguised as mere speedy work.
She leads with pencil
to double back in pen
once everything is as permanent as
the callus in the web of her thumb
approved, signed, stamped and smelling of ink
from the management shoes that only have a minute
to stop by.
She keeps her tears
and her laughs and her worries and her judgments
in separate jars hidden behind her tea mug
next to the brick of tax code, faithfully changed
and only when she runs out, does she count
her job as done.