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Daily Poem – On Being Fired Again

July 25, 2006

On Being Fired Again

 snood is a hair net for women.

Erin Belieu


I’ve known the pleasures of being
fired at least eleven times-

most notably by Larry who found my snood
unsuitable, another time by Jack,
whom I was sleeping with. Poor attitude,
tardiness, a contagious lack
of team spirit; I have been unmotivated

squirting perfume onto little cards,
while stocking salad bars, when stripping
covers from romance novels, their heroines
slaving on the chain gang of obsessive love-

and always the same hard candy
of shame dissolving in my throat;

handing in my apron, returning the cash-
register key. And yet, how fine it feels,
…for the complete poem, go to:
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/095.html
Primary Source:
http://www.loc.gov/poetry/180/

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