30 Second Introduction

By: 

Charlotte

Rudman

As a retail employee I am constantly having to adapt to the changes around me, traveling into Central London, taking public transport and serving people from across London. Adopting masks, queues and imposing restrictions in-store is just one part of the conversation. The other is in the interaction with the customer. It is in these first moments of contact on which this poem is based.

hello, my name is  ——

Come this way

 

Please take a seat

no, not that one, that one

And,

one second please

 

I must inform you of the rules

Opposite to me

Social distance always

and if you could wipe your machine

 

tah

thanks

 

Can you hear me?

thumbs up

The masks are all so weird aren’t they?

nods

points

 

Can you agree here –

No, I can’t continue

You must agree

 

Ok, great

tah

thanks

 

Now, how may I help you today?

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