Resourced Human, by Paul Tanner

the automatic doors

of the shop

you work in

never open

for you

like they sense

a half-soul 

a watered-down soul

a pissed-in soul.

a half-empty pint of a soul

that’s been watered down

with piss

from years

and years

of working in shops

where the automatic doors

never open

for you.

but there is

some comfort

to take from

certain rejections.

Paul Tanner has been earning minimum wage, and writing about it, for too long. His latest book “No Refunds: poems and cartoons from your local supermarket” is out now from Alien Buddha Press. His star sign is libido. He likes bombing, looting and colouring in.

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