Friday, December 12, 2008

In answer to your query, a poem by Naomi Lazard

Naomi Lazard is a poet and a playright. She was born in 1936 in Philadelphia and attended the City College of New York. Her poetry has been published in The New Yorker, Harper's, American Scholar, Harper's Bazaar, Hudson Review, The Nation, Saturday Review, Chicago Review, and other magazines. She has been Poet-in-Residence at Hamilton/Kirkland College and at the University of Montana. A past President of the Poetry Society of America, Lazard is a founder of the Hamptons International Film Festival.

This poem of hers seems appropriate today as we contemplate the fate of the American auto industry.

In answer to your query by Naomi Lazard

We are sorry to inform you
The item you ordered
is no longer being produced.
It has not gone out of style
Nor have people lost interest in it.
In fact, it has become
One of our most desired products.
Its popularity is still growing.
Orders for it come in
At an ever increasing rate.
However, a top-level decision
Has caused this product
To be discontinued forever.

Instead of the item you ordered
We are sending you something else.
It is not the same thing,
Nor is it a reasonable facsimile.
It is what we have in stock,
The very best we can offer.

If you are not happy
With this substitution
Let us know as soon as possible.
As you can imagine
We already have quite an accumulation
Of letters such as the one
You may or may not write.
To be totally fair
We respond to these complaints
As they come in.
Yours will be filed accordingly,
Answered in its turn.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great find!