First Job, poetry written by John Grochalski at

First Job

First Job

written by: John Grochalski


the girl
on her cell phone

takes down the information
for her first job interview

she sounds so excited and full of pep

when she hangs up the phone
she plays with her hair
in the window of the bus

gives herself a slight smile

still untouched by a work world

that in another twenty years
will render her no more alive

than a suicide.

John Grochalski

John Grochalski

John Grochalski is the author of the five poetry collections and two novels. Grochalski currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, where the garbage can smell like roses if you wish on it hard enough.
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