I said, "The one hundred pages 
due yesterday are now, finally, done."

She said, "And here I was enjoying
a quiet morning with no numbers."

I said, "You quip while I try to enter
the deep satisfaction of being
caught up."

She replied, "Looking upon the bronze
serpent lifted up for all to see always
saves the least of these."

I said, "Don't be getting all biblical
on me in my moment of small

She said, "I just finished my reading
of Simone Weil who wrote, 'the solution
to a balance between the individual
and the collective is precisely what
people are thirsting for today.'"