Elevator Poem

I spent a few days last week at a nifty pixel conference in LA. Arrived at my hotel about 3 in the morning my time. I was delirious, but not too out of it to enjoy this poem posted in the elevator.

Should the elevator doors fail to open Or the elevator become inoperative: Please do not become alarmed. Please use the button marked “Alarm” To request assistance, Or telephone “if furnished”. Remain in the car until assistance ar And do not attempt to force the do Or hatch open

It’s a little choppy but it has a sort of haiku feel that resonates with me. Trapped in this moment, in this tiny space, such things are good to think on, if furnished. I arrived safely on the tenth floor. And for the rest of my stay I used the wide Spanish staircase.


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