Monday, December 15, 2008

Five-minute friend


Jenna, the pretty bank teller
Remembers my name and always smiles
In between the flurry of stamping, counting
She asks thoughtful, personal questions
Tells me how light her Christmas shopping’s gotten
Since her family all moved back to China

She knows how many twenties and fifties I want
Is quick with a certified cheque
But she is more than bank statements and cash counting

She is not the little pen chained to the counter.

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