Four Lunch-At-Work Haiku

Lunch, George Tooker, 1964, Columbus Museum of Art

Four Lunch-At-Work Haiku

eating lunch alone
flanked by several others
sad reality

head looking downward
absolutely self-absorbed
no one else exists

change your paradigm
reach out to other workers
satisfying employment

people smile back
gracious initiation
warm camaraderie


Written and Posted:

Magpie Tales – Mag 94

Also Posted on:

The Thursday Think Tank #57 – Loneliness

About zongrik

For those of you who do not know the handle "zongrik," that would be Bat-Ami Gordin. Most people call me "Tammy." Bat-Ami means "daughter of my nation" in Hebrew. It's a heavy name to carry around. I answer to either name. I also answer to "mama." Some Basic Things about me: Animal lover, mom, poet/writer, dramatic soprano, photographer, teacher/tutor, CERT/Technician and, oh yeah, aerospace engineer. I consider myself "The Astro-Poet." To learn more about the origins of the word "zongrik" see whats-a-zongrik?

Posted on December 10, 2011, in Magpie Tales, Poetry and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Lovely…nice happy ending…too true but usually stops before the paradigm shift.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine

  2. Sometimes that reaching out can be difficult for those of us who are introverts, or who are afraid others aren’t interested. What we don’t realize is that we’re all in the same boat. Someone has to start rowing.

  3. change your paradigm…i like that…love meeting new people and hearing stories…

  4. So true. I’ve always been the “chat-up-a-stranger” school, so the first lines for me are the folks I reach out to. Very seldom rejected, as most folks enjoy a good chat, and sometimes friendships are made. The “paradigm” line, very nice, good advice! Peace, Amy

  5. I can choose to be alone or converse with others. Relationships are what make life worthwhile, therefore I usually reach out.

  6. Very nice indeed – thanks for reaching out with this lovely poem

  7. Nice job. I thought the first two lines drew me into the poem…’Alone’ but ‘flanked by others. =)

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