Did you ever have your favorite store
and there was this friendly face
that made it a much pleasant store
to go to
you always said ‘Hello’ to
and, they always acknowledged you.
It seemed they were happy to see you
and that they remembered you
even though they didn’t know you
and probably never would.
but, the next time you came there
you didn’t see them and
you looked around the store
as you shopped and walked
and they were gone.
you hoped they were on vacation and would come back, soon.
and, then you came back another time
a week, a month later
and they were still gone
and you knew they had to be gone
and you never knew their name
and they never knew yours
and you wondered where they went
and they didn’t come back
and you never saw them again.
The next time you came there,
there was someone who replaced them
who wasn’t nice.
They didn’t say ‘Hello.’
it was as though they were doing you a big favor.
it was hard to get their attention to get help.
and, you knew they weren’t exactly into their job
because it seemed they were somewhere else,
that made you not want to go back again,
but, you know it’s the only store in town that carries
You could buy brand ‘X’ at another store
just around the block from home.
But, it’s a ‘knock off’ item from somewhere in Asia.
So, you put up with an unfriendly person
to get that thing you want.
Because, you like what you like…
and, when you go back again, you hope they are not there
when you walk in.
But, there they are, again
wearing their long unfriendly face.
and, they don’t look at you and say ‘Hello.’
So, you suck it up and give them your hard
earned money and they put it in a bag
you get your receipt
and you walk out
happy you got what you wanted,
not so happy you weren’t treated right.
So, you got in your car and turned on the radio
and heard an old song you liked in high school.
you sang along
mostly in your imagination
and the song ended.
It took you back
someone you liked in class
but were too nervous to say a word.
it was like they never noticed you.
They never knew
how you felt.
you hid it.
Of course, you knew they had someone else.
And, you felt inferior.
so, you settled for someone
who didn’t make you nervous.
You then, came back to static on the car radio and turned it off.
that person in the store
came back in your mind
as if to say ‘goodbye’
as you took off from the red light as soon as it turned green.
you speed up because some A_____E in a pickup truck was tailgating you
because he’s in such a F______G hurry to go nowhere that matters.
But, you don’t flip him off because he looks angry
and gives you the finger as he passes you
and pulls in front of you slowing down
to teach you a lesson.
You don’t do anything, because who knows if
the maniac has a gun or the psycho would run his truck over you and crush you to death?
But, you forget about that idiot drifting off again, to your special place of peace wondering
you never quite knew that person
who was nice to you
for no other reason
than they were that kind of person
where it was in their nature to be nice.
that made it a pleasant store
to buy that one thing
no other store carried,
even though it was out of your way
on the other side of town.