out of the company

couple of years

worked in a refined place

or so they said it was

to push you to like the place

everything & everybody

were equal to another

though of course

you know that to be a lie

the infighting unspoken feuds

in crowd out crowd cliques

I left after a while

finding something other to do

got out of that company

& into the company of men

to find that hard going at first

having my balloon popped

conceptions pretensions tested

there at every turn by jokes

digs piss take laughter

until my skin grew harder

I found who I was again

the stranger part of this

the bit that gets mostly forgotten

was the ferocious gentility of care

when necessary needed

that drove the company on

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