misery loves (retail) companies

in this
wearing a badge with a smiley face
is practically
a red rag to a bull
it’s smug
it’s taking the piss
and people will
wipe the smile
right off that badge
smiling as they do.

About the Author

Paul Tanner has been earning minimum wage, and writing about it for 15 years. No, really. His novel “Jobseeker” on Amazon now. Shortlisted for the Erbacce 2020 Poetry Prize. Latest collection “Shop Talk: Poems for Shop Workers” published by Penniless Press.