The Lampshade

The Lampshade

A Poem by Marianne Rose
"

Remembering bad budget years. . .

"
[Professional College Attire & Tools:
* size 13 shoes
* prizes in a pink furry box
* assorted loud hats
* 2 foam bats
* bathrobes & slippers
* a toy bicycle horn
* a white lampshade, size medium]


Morale was low; desperate times call for ludicrous acts.
Loaded down with the tools of the trade
I flopped into the elevator like Flipper's friend,
slapping the carpet with loose clown shoes,
honking at a Dean or two.
Into the office dungeon I plowed
With a cheerful "good morning!" - WAY TOO LOUD

I didn't ask- I passed out the hats.
Front desk workers giggled on incoming calls,
donned with bathrobes, slippers, clashing hats,
they let slip a few guffaws.
This brought the back office out of their caves.
They lightened up . . . but not nearly enough.
Not with impending doom budget cuts.

The donuts got stuffed into mouths of shock,
the furry box presents earned a group "aaaawwww!"
I coaxed two shy staff to duel with the bats
and honked it time to: ALL SWITCH HATS!
By now the boss was resigned to the fun,
still standing hatless, surveying the scene
Pandemonium, gasp, what if the Dean . . .

The lampshade had a clip with a simple command:
"Put this on if you haven't laughed yet.
Then walk around like there's nothing wrong."
I crowned the boss, she played along
until she laughed and put my shoes on.

The donuts were eaten, the tools all went home.
I kept the shoes in my office a while
to slip them on when I needed a smile.
But the lampshade stayed til the budget got passed.
(It's still in my closet if you ever need a laugh . . . )



© 2016 Marianne Rose



Author's Note

Marianne Rose
True story. I recommend everyone invest in oversized shoes and a lampshade to keep in your trunk, right next to your flares and disaster survival kit.

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I absolutely love this. It's a different side of you, yet I don't find it too surprising that you would be the strong one, trying to shine some sunshine on people during trying times. And of course this is all easily pictured in my head as I'm reading, my mind giving these people faces without thought as I smile, easily imagining I'm there (probably another shy one..lol). Great piece, fresh idea, and a day that obviously sticks out in your mind with much detail!

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Marianne Rose

1 Year Ago

I think it came back to me when I realized I hadn't done this in a while, and the Dean just announce.. read more
Teddybearlee

1 Year Ago

Oh my dear friend, I say bring out every side, if it can be written about, write about it, that's my.. read more



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I absolutely love this. It's a different side of you, yet I don't find it too surprising that you would be the strong one, trying to shine some sunshine on people during trying times. And of course this is all easily pictured in my head as I'm reading, my mind giving these people faces without thought as I smile, easily imagining I'm there (probably another shy one..lol). Great piece, fresh idea, and a day that obviously sticks out in your mind with much detail!

Posted 1 Year Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Marianne Rose

1 Year Ago

I think it came back to me when I realized I hadn't done this in a while, and the Dean just announce.. read more
Teddybearlee

1 Year Ago

Oh my dear friend, I say bring out every side, if it can be written about, write about it, that's my.. read more

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Added on August 11, 2016
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Tags: Laughter, fun, clown, work

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Marianne Rose
Marianne Rose

Santa Rosa, CA



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Working at a Community College as an Employment Advisor and Program Developer is inspiring, hopeful work. New dreams of futures born out of loss and confusion stimulate the writer in me. I've been a p.. more..

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