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Individuals inherit identities in innocent imitation
earning early employers' esteem via emulation.
Employment ethics ingrained everyday everywhere
instigate idiosyncrasies into infant workers who care.
The minutia my mannerisms mimicked and mastered,
when waitressing weekends watching after the ill mannered...
monitoring moods, menus, meals, money and myself,
wondering when wonderfulness was thrown from the shelf...
resulted in rave reviews regarding responsibilities
and remain resourceful reflexes 'round work randomly.
Cheeky customers who cherished chitter chatter
brought banter befit for the beloved Mad Hatter.
Counting up chump change careless kids called courteous
blossomed belief benevolence beats behaving bogus.
I learned mountains from molehills meddle with your mood.
I realized that ridiculous reasons can make people real rude.
I memorized many mouthfuls of menu mumbo jumbo
until restaurants ruined my restfulness and I felt like Rambo.
I had to turn the tables - become a customer - live life tip free.
Now for those who serve me, I tip for all they put up with, with glee.
© Rachel Hoyt 2011
This poem was written for
the Sharing is Caring event at Almost There.
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