Endless steps to shifting rhythms in a haze of noise and palpable judgement. Apologies tend not to resonate when the damage is done and the horse gets Higher, stomping to the beat of a privileged heart. You learn quickly, and with a heavy sense of defeat, that you can never do Enough. Expectations climb with a pace unmatched by any effort imaginable as It's prearranged. The waltz was always going to play out like this because you put on the grafter's Shoes; paid for with the gritty coin you caught in your teeth.
Hidden among the crowds and the polished leather, there lives another breed with A human face. One not twisted and distorted by throwaway reproach. It takes a surprising level of regard to pick them out as they often don the same Paint as the revilers. However, these are the gems that can cut through thick skin, penetrating the Mortar, to find flesh. They pulse with you and quiet the frayed edges. They are your rhythm and your reason for perseverance. They see to it that your resentment doesn't have time to settle in your bones. They are much too few and far between.
Trying to find the bright side of a bad day in retail.