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Checkout Girl

Dedicated to all the shop workers doing such a good job especially my friend, Karen.

This is an ode to a checkout girl.
She always has a smile for me.
This is an ode to a checkout girl.
She tries very hard to be free.
When you hand over your credit card or cash to her she chats.
Yet even before that she’s by your side, old and young are her friends.
She barely gets thanks, yet wishes you a good day while some customers complain away.
When she’s not on the till she’s stacking shelves, quietly working the gaff.
Pricing up goods or checking stock.
Has fun, she is such a laugh.
Because this is an ode to the checkout girl.
Living life, working all day, smiling and toiling when inside burning,
with her own passions and hope for bright days.
Just to be in the outdoors away from the rat race, slowing down to the sound of silent countryside.
With sea breeze in hair and while her spirit flares.
She would make a glorious bride.
But how often we see her working, while her children, at nursery and school, when not are by her side.
Oh how I admire the checkout girl.
A great friend, such a diamond or pearl.

About Geraldine Ward

Geraldine Ward has been writing and performing various forms of poetry and prose from an early age, and is a regular contributor at the London Farrago Poetry Slam nights. She has published a number of books including the "Now" collection, and has featured in other publications including Katie Metcalfe's "Beautiful Scruffiness" series of magazines.


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