They will know nothing of this

standing
packed in a bus
fogged wet windows
sniffles
coughs
puddles on the floor
elbow in the back
muttered ‘scuse me
‘scuse me
fight to the door
5 a.m. alarm clock
soggy toast
half drunk coffee
out into the frost
walking
walking for a mile
two
to get the lift
into cold factories
standing in obedience
to the line
the line that rules
tea breaks
lunch breaks
the surprise
of cheese sandwich
again
& a kit kat
to fuel
the line worker
until time
to knock off
trudge to the lift home
nights
putting parts together
for things
you will never afford
the long week
of short pay
& wanting to go out
take somebody lovely
who can make you forget
all of this
they work retail
days of standing
doing look busy
until the rush comes
yes sir
no madam
I’ll see if
we have this in a 12
black
blue
on short shifts
until the season
then 14 hour days
aching feet
calves
faces
from holding smiles
together
we might make rent
together
we can have a night out
together
we just might
hold against the storm
of a flat tyre
on our cheap bought car
a sudden hike
gas
electricity
water
insurance
bills
so we turn the heat
down
lights off
& pray nothing happens
They will know nothing of this
those paid to represent
with everything on expenses
chauffeured cars
all for free
lunches
dinners
banquets
& they will make damn sure
that they never will

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