The Muse

(An International Journal of Poetry)

ISSN 2249 –2178


Volume-3                                                      DECEMBER -2013                                           Number-2


Ginger Nuts And Cheese

by M. A. Schaffner

Thirty minutes later and Bartleby

stood by my side smiling. The clerk returns

each day to say I would prefer not to

read my e-mail for the late day requests


sent just as the sender logs off and leaves

with a turnaround time of seven days

wrapped around a three-day weekend. Then

an office into which letters disappear


as in the sea off Bermuda suddenly

awakes to note a typo in a draft.

Neolithic hunters might not like meat

but at least they got to kill, unlike us.


Today the Director’s message extols

our excellence as an organization.

The ghost besides me laughs and shakes his head.

Call it what you want. I know where I am.