[Virtual_reference] A question to end all questions
mccarthy at wccnet.edu
Wed Dec 7 13:41:54 EST 2011
Did you write this? Great work.
Washtenaw Community College
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
From: virtual_reference-bounces at mlcnet.org [mailto:virtual_reference-bounces at mlcnet.org] On Behalf Of Randal Baier
Sent: Tuesday, December 06, 2011 1:33 PM
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Subject: [Virtual_reference] A question to end all questions
Hail to thee, blithe spirits, colleagues all. I offer this poetic transformation after reflecting on the occasional absurdity of our tasks.
out of the air
comes a plaintive soulful cry
"how *do* I buy the book"
I'll do what I can
Why don't we have a look
Through policies, scripts and
I endeavor to define
How one would parse this gentle plea
at once profound, sublime
You know, it's not too often
that I receive such a precise request
but I'm confused, a bit astray
while working at your behest
could it be bibliographic
this problem that unfolds?
or perhaps a classroom panic --
trying to do what you've been told?
My interest wanes, I am perplexed
I struggle to comply
why me dear lord, why me today
why "be here now" I sigh
The warning bells continue
Bleating their sonic pluck
The sound ever so insistent now …
Refusing to give up
But, lo, what wondrous absence this?
Forsooth, I am in luck,
the bells have stopped, oh glory be,
another colleague has picked up!
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