A Bad Dream

It’s 6:55, we’re about to close.

The sales floor’s dead,

We’re ready to lock the door.

Tired and weary I count off the minutes.

 

7:00 rolls by, the door is locked,

Stragglers are ushered away

to the front, to the front,

We are closing come back tomorrow.

 

One by one we ring them through

Out the door I send them,

Begone, Begone!

I will be home soon.

 

I go to mop the floor and what do I find?

A group, a coven hidden behind

A display, tittering, chattering

I tell them to go away!

 

One by one we ring them through

Out the door I send them,

Be gone, we are done for today,

I will be home soon.

 

I go out back to gather the trash

And hidden amidst the refuse I find

A family of four who lost their way

By no means can I allow them to remain.

 

I guide them out towards the front

And what do I find

Yet more customers trundling about!

How could I have missed so many?

 

One by one we ring them through

Out the door I send them

Get out! We are done for today!

I wish to be home soon!

 

With so many people left

We cannot cash out

The day will not end

Until the last of them go home.

 

Round and round I gather them up

Ring them out

And send them home

Like roaches more seem to crawl in!

 

Fed up with the madness I retire to the break room

I abandon management to the masses!

I strike at the keypad my numbers

An error occurred please try again!

 

Again and again, I strike the keys

My fingers seem to not work

I’m unable to stroke the right ones

Unable to punch out, to leave.

 

I take to the front and let myself out

I go to my car, keys planted in the ignition

I turn and I turn

Yet I only hear sputters!

 

I leave, surrounded by people

Who, like pilgrims pile into the store

The clock is ticking, 8’oclock passes

All I want to do is go home!

 

I return, I ring them all out

One by one, I send them all home

Never ending, never ceasing

The line grows longer.

 

One by one I ring them out

Out the door I send them

Get the fuck out! You cannot stay!

I will wake up soon!

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