My Dearest Dr. xxxx,
Could you please provide a note of accommodation for me at work? I struggle to connect, to keep up, etc. It would look something like this:
EXHIBIT A — Sample doctor’s note when requesting accommodations (to be submitted to the Office of Workplace Diversity on the doctor’s letterhead)
To: Workplace Diversity Officer
Office of Workplace Diversity
Name of Business Here
City, State ZIP Code
I have been providing R with treatment for Lyme Disease since May 2011. Due to Lyme Disease, I recommend the following workplace accommodations:
- Canine Companionship
- Feline Companionship
- Aquatic Companionship
- Human Companionship
(These are just some samples—-please list anything else you think I will need/shouldn’t do.)*
*Please be specific regarding lifting restrictions, hours at a desk, walking distances, stairs, etc.
My Dearest Dr. xxxxx xxxxxxx,
There is a warmest shade of brown
a coolest shade of white
a hardest I am healing. I am healing
Abandon the dust-smell
for faithful metal.
You know I hear him.
When waking, sand pools in the ears & there
is the message——crabs digging holes:
What does this mean?
How much more water?
The heat nears me nightly
& the bed-shape blackens.
Words bleached until clear
allows him to face the face, hardening
cornerstones & sight scratching
In the morning he is gone
& I ask you again: why
won’t you say
what everything means?
He is shimmering
in the cartilage light & I think
I hear him but wake to hollow shells
washing in with the tide—-
But, I will get better. I really will get better.
He promises a new body, legible & clear;
receive the sand too sifting
to read, receive a warning about anatomy,
an explanation for anatomy:
cello, cello, cello.
How he plucks
from the wood & how you try
to prevent the molding of the rest
of the emptiness-dust &—-
Always try to get
better, always read
the sand for letters,
always find him
in the hollowest rocks,
I remember diving into browns and
the green of a stone
The weight of a fall leaf like sheaves
of business school, empathy mapping as
A way to learn
How to be the customer in order
to better sell to the customer
My customer a stone I fall into
what can you remove?
Difference between poet and psycho
Analyst: I loved.
Him was a verb I shifted up and out
poured a laboring sociality
Wondering how to sew closed
a leaf vein
Becoming beast is the sales pitch
Analyst: I melancholied.
With him an object of entombment
my dog is a feeling bone I stroke