Black Friday

I wonder
if there’s a Black Friday sale
on wheel rims.
Is this something
people buy for Christmas?

I picture you
in a hot Florida warehouse
wrapping metal pieces
glimmering
in the fluorescent lights
pendulum-swinging
high in the rafters.
I see the droplets
of sweat on your brow
fall into the bubble wrap
as you tape and package
so that bills can be paid.
I see slivers of silver peek out
and hear your boss yelling,
“Rewrap that, Johnny.”
Your face wrinkles
in hot frustration,
and you start over
because of those bills.

Was this your day?
Was this you
just a few hours
after eating
with your family?
Was this your Friday?
I guess I’ll never know.

~Patience

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