The Blinkin’ Cursor – Elinor Clark

he wasn’t kidding when he told us all to watch the ”blinking cursor”

Elinor Clark is a recent philosophy graduate hailing from the cold and rainy North. She now works in London as a media analyst, and writes obsessively; it really is her lifeline and sustaining force. Thank you very much Elinor for sharing your talent.

The Blinkin’ Cursor

I did a double-take as the man at the front with

his combed back hair and his well-fitted blazer

and the badge on his tie which said some

words in Latin about achieving and excelling

and such things that people wouldn’t know

unless they’d been to a school with a motto.

This man who talked about maximising output

with words from a textbook in a voice he had

stolen from an American film he must have

watched about British people, suddenly, from

out of nowhere, said a word I pictured pouring

out of my Granny’s mouth, as she’d sit in her

chair, waggling a ciggie and she’d say “blinkin’ ‘eck”.

But he wasn’t kidding when he told us all to watch

the “blinking cursor”, didn’t even seem to notice

that he’d said something funny as he carried on

talking about his output and his input and the

arrow flashing on the screen, his shirt somehow

still smooth and creaseless even as he waved

his arms in wild swinging circles cutting through

the air like a fresh painted windmill.

Elinor Clark, London

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