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Transcript of Telephone Repairman
By Joseph Millar
A man has been sitting in an attic of a warehouse all morning splicing pairs of wires together. "White-blue to white-blue / Violet-slate to violet-slate."
Once the man finishes repairing the wires, "messages will flow along the line" of color-coordinated wires.
We live our lives following the same routine, going to work and ignoring the problems of our society and our world.
The repairman thinks about all of the messages passing through the wires and the "signals flying in the air around him" from all around the world, all saying "please love me."
- Uses repetition (ex. "white-blue to white-blue / violet-slate to violet-slate")
- Uses symbolism (ex. "White-blue to white-blue")
- Describes the impact a simple job makes
What makes it interesting...
The poem is about our dependency on the things that we don't even think about. Our necessity to communicate to each other on a daily basis with ease is created by a simple man's job but this man and his job are not spoken of, perhaps due to peoples ignorance and selfish minds or perhaps it is because we just don't celebrate that type of job. The telephone repairman's job gives him a position of power, in the sense that he controls a majority of the communication that the rest of us rely on.
What it is really about...