Alessandra Liverani

(Wollongong, Australia)

This Is A Test Only


You're sitting at your desk, trying to concentrate
When suddenly the loudspeaker crackles with a voice that just can't wait
THIS IS A TEST ONLY, PLEASE DISREGARD THIS MESSAGE
You then sit waiting expectantly, just a little bit on edge

For the certain piercing screech of the office fire alarm
It is warning you to leave, so that you'll stay out of harm
Yet you stubbornly stay put, continue working at your desk
Because you know that this is just merely a test

So when you here the urgent ringing of the nicotine bell
I suggest you just stay put, you'd really be as well
Because there is no fire that's going to cause you harm
It is a test only, an extremely false alarm

(Sydney, Australia - 2003)

Submitted: Sunday, August 28, 2005

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