Perpetual bind


She works as a brand representative

of a high-end department store

the kind that have elegant, multiple elevators

to carry the customers from floor to floor.

Her clients love her

as she is quite helpful and adept

they go to her for assistance

and she hasn’t missed her mark yet.

She’s surrounded by backstabbing co-workers

all just as prettily polished

to uphold the store’s expensive identity

not exactly a dream to punch into work to

even if pay isn’t just based on commissions.

She says it’s acceptable to be like them

Fight fire with fire

(and throw in some capsaicin-esque words too)

This coming from a young woman who’s

dressed très chic while standing behind

her well lighted display counters.


Meanwhile, on the suburban home front

her working mother’s focus

…she came from a privileged background

Is on her hard-working daughter’s next paycheck.

“I want the rent money”.