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How would you feel if everyday from 9 to 5 you hear fix me a cup of coffee secretary file these papers secretary schedule a meeting secretary This chant reminds me of the one that Cinderellas stepmother and sisters where saying when they wanted the house clean and to prevent this young lady from attending the ball to meet her prince charming Although that story was fictional Marge Piercy managed to change the tune from a Cinderellas chant to The Secretary Chant She describes the duties and personal feelings that female secretaries are too afraid to say because they may lose their jobs for taking a stand A stand for what you may ask A stand to be treated as a human being and not as a machine As a secretary myself I am empathic to Piercys feelings Each day that I go to my job I wonder if my employer understands how important I am to her business Do she really understand that without a devoted secretary her business would be in total chaos Marge Piercy brought my feelings to life with this poem She starts off with the line on how she has become one with her environment one with her desk and the supplies that accentuate it My hips are a desk From my ears hang chains of paper clips Rubber bands form my hair The lines start to paint a physical description of what she Piercy or secretary feels as though she is becoming She continues describing her appearance with the lines breasts are quills of mimeograph ink and feet bear casters The sound in this poem creates a feeling of habit and mindlessness to the reader My head is a badly organized file My head is a switchboard Please get Judge Days assistant on the line Alveria I need for you to run to the courthouse and file these pleas as soon as possible Do you remember what Mr
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