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Who says office romance is dead?? In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Work It’s archivists are proud to present this little-known early draft of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s How Do I Love Thee? (For My Work Crush). Share it with that special pant-suited someone, and give the nosy office gossip something to talk about.
How Do I Love Thee? (For My Work Crush)
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My hand can reach when feeling ‘round my cubicle
For the other end of the printer cable.
I love thee to the level of every lunch break’s
Most quiet need, by sun and fluorescent light.
I love thee freely, as CEOs strive for profit;
I love thee purely, as they turn from corrupt practices.
I love thee with a passion put to use
In my college days, and with my early-career idealism.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost opportunities for advancement – I love thee with the blood,
Sweat, and tears of all my projects! –
And, if the boss choose,
I shall but love thee better after I’m laid off.
Happy Valentine’s Day!