Sunday, August 06, 2006

Home Depot Doesn't Care

...a man wrote
in thick black marker
on peach copy paper
in the flooring department
of the Lansdowne Home Depot
and tacked it to the 20% off
window treatments sign

then he scrawled,
"There is no one here
to help you!"
and left it laying on the empty desk
in protest

We did wait 45 minutes for
someone to help us cut
the threshold for our bathroom
which when completed
had ridges and valleys
due to a dull blade
and we could not take it with us.

We did ask the three guys
standing around
in the appliance department
for help
and they said that
isn't our area, you gottta
go to the flooring person

We did ask the flooring person
who was pinballing from
customer to customer
and then disappearing.

We did watch the lady
buying carpet, who had waited
even longer than us,
ask for a manager
and there was no manager
but someone eventually came
to cut two feet
off a roll.

No one moved the signs.

Perhaps we should have joined in
grabbing markers and pamphlets
and speaking our minds
a flurry of words
littering the vacant desk
screaming out
into the flourescent din--

not to go unnoticed.

6 Comments:

Anonymous susanna said...

Ugh! That must've been REALLY FRUSTRATING! The store manager (and I'm betting there's more than one manager at that store) isn't doing his or her job. Argh!

11:32 PM  
Blogger January said...

Good poem. I love that you took someone else's frustration, as well as your own, and made poetry out of it. Maybe you should send your piece to Home Depot.

I've said this before, but you have a great ability to speak for the underdog.

2:41 PM  
Blogger twitches said...

I could tell you stories about home depot that would curl your hair. I tell everyone to NEVER EVER buy anything from there that you might need assistance with. They're horrible.

The poem is great though - LOVE that orange sign sitting there!

6:20 PM  
Anonymous your poetry admirer-annonymous:) said...

what the hell...only one poem in a whole week. what are you doing?????

9:35 PM  
Blogger swampgrrl said...

arrrgh....i had similar problems with home depot, including a delivery vendor who lied about a phone call that i never made.

i *hate* home depot.

maybe i should start a campaign!

thanks for venting...

11:47 AM  
Blogger Carolee said...

anyone who could write a poem about home depot is way-cool in my book! it's a lesson for me in remembering to find writing prompts/subjects all throughout my day.

thanks for visiting my blog recently and commenting about my poem: that which she wants him to say, but he does not say and other perplexities of being 14.

i can't wait to read more here!

8:30 PM  

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