my company invited a submission of an essay or poem about my experience as a medical transcriptionist. this is what i came up with.
working working all day long
drinking coffee, never stopping
listening, covering ears and listening
tap-tap-tap - what was that?
hushing kids and background noises
trying to figure out foreign voices
looking up words that don't make sense
what the heck kind of instruments?
silence dragging, docs um-hum-ing
was that his right hand? or his left?
flagging errors, my nerves are strumming
medical words dancing through my dreams
wake up and start all over again