Just bear with me, the voice on the line said.
Your call is important to us.
I don’t know how many times I’ve heard this
Over the past few weeks:
Librarians, telcos, clinics, call centres
In India, Thailand.
A phrase without borders
I have always done as requested.
I have borne much.
There should be a medal awarded:
The Order of Infinite Patience
Whose recipients would be many.
I can imagine St. Peter
Perusing the names of the recently dead
And, on coming to mine, say,
Just bear with me. I’ll be with you in a moment
Before checking my details
& letting me through.