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Second-hand smoke-stained smile
Cash slides across the counter
How are you doing today?
Three hundred forty-eight second encounter
Absent-minded actions are taken for
Empty-minded machines
She keys in the amount and prints the receipt
Taking the judgment with tobacco-flavored teeth
Of the Saturday morning rush
Frizzy-haired mothers frown and businessmen rush
Clogging the arteries of grocery-store aisles
And echoing agendas on the '90s print tile
Paper or plastic?
Eye contact questioning the evidence of scholastic
They peg her
A high school drop-out dead-end job forever
And she'll sleep it off when she clocks out in eight hours
But you'll never know expectation's cruel powers.

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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Feb. 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm:
interesting topic...maybe work on your grammar. like the perspective
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