This place is too small.
It reeks of the scent
of limitations and boredom.

The staff does not smile,
just provides information.
Precise information.

They are careful
not to waste words
on the customers.

No greetings
or anything
close to warmth.

I am sure
in some sales text book
there are warnings

about sharing product
with strangers who
could become customers.

The store is cold.
The emotional thermostat
is set at zero.


Janet Cormier is a painter, writes prose and poetry, and performs comedy. JC prefers different and original over pretty. She loves collecting stuff, but cleaning not so much. Janet also talks to strangers. A lot. Her column appears weekly on Oddball Magazine.