The Body Shop Redux

It was a mall job.
Customer service oriented,
And humbling.
And I had the heart for it.
So, is it surprising that I am
Devastated when informed that we’re closing?
Christmas eve.
Am I shocked?
I allow the anger and fear to flood in.
Prompted by impulsive hyperventilating.

It ebbs in brief and gentle weeping,
I realize
I’m not sorry for anything.

I did everything right.
My team pulled out all the stops.
We rock.

I know,
It never would have been enough.
Some things are just greater than us.
Hard work, does not always equal success
(Ignoring our 15% increase, and glittering KPIs).

But just for the experience,
I feel lucky.

I really thought we did something.


About Jessica Lee

Jessica is a twenty-something poet who performs most of her work on stage in Spoken Word. She has found writing therapeutic since she was child, and has pursued it ceaselessly. She enjoys writing even the most fleeting thoughts and dreams as SensicalRavings. Between long retail shifts, she enjoys writing observational pieces (always with a slant) of locally relevant subjects as ALLGainesville. If you appreciate inspiring, coming-of-age suppositions, become a follower. Though it's not always roses, it's raw!

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