We are all the greatest– each
of us the BEST at this job
we never applied for– and from
which we will never be fired–
the benefits being intangible and
showing themselves in the most
unlikely moment– an unprompted
thank you or please– a concern born from
a devotion that is normally tossed
under the bed with the dirty socks
and missing game pieces.
None of us carefully perused the
job description– and if we read it at all,
there were pieces that we managed
to skip entirely. We didn’t realize that
the time clock is perpetually broken– and
we are most definitely not unionized.
fifteen minute breaks are laughable
and we might get the crusts and
sloppy seconds for lunch– (but no break)
if we’re lucky.
Yet somehow we stay. Unquestioning.
Without pay– constantly working overtime,
allowing ourselves to be yanked around
by an iron-fisted grip on our hearts.
Because there is nothing greater than
being the BEST at the job which is
by far the hardest, cruelest, most
demanding and perpetually rewarding
task we will ever encounter in our lives.