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Poetry On The Odyssey: Sophie Has Updated Her Status

A poem inspired by the stresses of working in retail.

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Poetry On The Odyssey: Sophie Has Updated Her Status
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Sophie Has Updated Her Status

-after Todd McKinney's "Todd Has Updated His Status"

Sophie is overwhelmed. Sophie is the only one cashiering

in the store; it's 2 p.m. Sophie is smiling

at the check-out counter. Sophie is counting change

too slowly. Sophie is running on the caffeine of her double-shot

mocha. Sophie is her own enemy. Sophie is

80% done. Sophie is trying to keep her cool

while the line grows longer. Sophie is a failure.

Sophie is pissed off. Sophie is wishing that she

wasn't stressed and annoyed to the

max. Sophie is a bottle rocket waiting to explode,

being set off by a bunch of young boys on

the Fourth of July. Sophie is nervous about getting

reprimanded. Sophie is blinking back her anxious tears.

Sophie is thinking about getting out of here.

Sophie is a girl in chaos. Sophie is pressing

all the wrong buttons. Sophie is thinking this line could

last for years. Sophie is a new employee. Sophie can't handle

everything on her own. Sophie is signing people up for rewards

and tossing receipts in their bags. Sophie is

freaking out inside. Sophie continues smiling

and speaking in a pleasant voice, offering

discounts for customers' waits despite the fact she

doesn't want to. Sophie is breathing;

it's almost closing time. Sophie hears the phone

ringing and screaming at her. Sophie remembers

she has to answer it, and the person on the line is

probably furious, with her luck. Sophie is ready to leave.

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