In the Call Center

We trade cookies over the divider
Above our heads, they screen movies
The Aristocats
Toy Story
The Burning of Berlin
Sometimes I see my face

We’re kept here
Prize rats

We’re like cousins
Shipmates down to hell

The bosun
A former iceworker
Has lost the ability to speak
He waves his hands and points at the screen

Anita has made Spanish rice
With extra tomato
It tastes like cream

Strapped over our ears
The music of prophecy

Robin Wyatt Dunn was born in Wyoming in 1979. You can read more of his work at Read other articles by Robin.