Dance toward the lemons and sing over your
Don’t let them hear you.
Roll up your sleeves.
Try not to spill water on your shirt
when opening the heavy glass door with your elbow
because your hands are full and the guy in the suit
standing near the door
is too busy looking past you for his friend
to lend a hand.
Eat a big breakfast.
Do not get hungry mid shift.
Try not to look too pretty,
too put together.
It hurts the tips.
Mean it when you say thank you
for a 35 cent tip.
He was your favorite customer today.
Do not wish you were anywhere else.
You are not anywhere else.
Take notes in the margins of orders.
Don’t listen to customer conversation.
Make a poem about every word tattooed
on your customers throughout the shift.
Include stories for the names.
Do not compliment customers too close
to dropping off the check. It makes them
Reason with the homeless man who is
panhandling from your tables.
Tell him this is your spot,
but no one has claimed the McDonald’s
Close your eyes when the sun comes out.
Do not be surprised other people want to
join you in your outside cafe.
Do not let anyone rush you.
Take your time singing over the lemons.
Work like you are serving the hungry.