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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 2, June 2015


Patricia Tompkins
San Mateo, California, USA

POV Matters

To father: Who gets the ax on a Tuesday? I understand why they let Ted go, but I sold rings around him. I’ll be OK. It’ll be nice to have some time off. I just wish I’d seen it coming. There’s no loyalty anymore. Drake said, “We’re reorganizing the sales force into a leaner, meaner team.”

To best friend: You’re surprised? I’m in shock. You know how men love those stupid sports metaphors. Like we were ever a team, those competitive bastards. Don’t get me started. You’re right—long term, it’s probably for the best. But it’s a crummy way to leave.

To hairdresser: Let’s go with bangs—they make me look younger. I lost my job. Funny expression: I didn’t lose it. It was taken away. Frankly, it’s a relief not having such a ruthless boss. I’m looking around. Tell me if you hear of anything.

To interviewer: I was bored and prospects for advancement weren’t good. I wasn’t the only person downsized. But time to move on. No ill will. I can sell. In fact, I can give you a dozen reasons to hire me.

clouds dissolve
on the lake’s surface
windshield wipers



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