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  Damaged Goods
by Lloyd Lofthouse
Friday, August 01, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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First real job.


In tenth grade,
I landed my first job
Washing dishes in a May Co.
Basement dinning room
Next to the blemished,
Unsold clothing.


After thirty hours a week,
There wasn’t much time
Left for schoolwork
While reading two
Science fiction/fantasy
Paperbacks a day.

The broken dishes were still alive
When I pulled them apart
To drop into the garbage disposal
So I could listen to china
Being turned back into grains of sand.

I cut myself on the left hand
With an empty,
cracked custard bowl.
That gash
Was the Mindanao Trench
Pumping blood.
Without warning, the doctor
Poured alcohol into the open wound
And scrubbed it with
A hard bristle brush.
Four stitches pulled it together.
Being an economy job,
There was no pain relief.

After hours,
There were water fights
With amusement
Rides through the
Dry steaming cavity of
The dishwashing machine.

At midnight,
Before clocking out
Apple pies vanished
Into adolescent bellies.

The geezer that scrubbed the pots
Lived in a different world
On the other side of the kitchen.

He slept on sidewalks
With a bottle of Thunderbird
For a wife.
His skin cracked without warning
And no blood
Giving rise to rumors that
He was the walking dead.
In his first life he had
Waded through a mile of surf
At Guadalcanal
Where ten thousand Marines died
Before reaching the beach.

The cooks said he
Ate nails, bolts and screws
For breakfast
He looked
Like he weighed ninety pounds,
But was closer to two hundred
From the metal.

Three years at one twenty-five an hour
Taught me more about life
Than all the homework in the world.

 

 

 


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Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 8/2/2008
Excellent writng,well I think you learned plenty...you're a wonderful writer and your breathing ..please take care sweet man and I mean that..be safe...Hugssss...keep smiling OK
Reviewed by Southern Comfort 8/1/2008
Sometimes life teaches us more, than we could ever learn in school! SC
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 8/1/2008
Lloyd,

Early lessons, learned early on - excellent. Intriguing lines and imagery.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Lois Christensen 8/1/2008
Great write, you were brave to take this job on. It must have been trying at times, but the money was useful. Sorry you hurt your hand, but accidents do happen at the job sometimes. Some people are actually accident prone. I know my 43 year old daughter Karen is. She is an r.n. and hates stitches. Would rather do with the scars.
Reviewed by Jill curry (Reader) 8/1/2008
great tale..first jobs give us the tools to just improve..
Reviewed by Terry Rizzuti 8/1/2008
Good story, Lloyd. You're right about learning major lessons from early jobs. I think the best job I ever had was when my father apprenticed me for the summer for free at age 11 to a neighbor farmer who insisted on paying me -- $1.00/week. That man worked me to the bone, and every Friday afternoon as soon as the cows were milked, he made a big show of squeezing the dollar bill between his thumb and fingers, making sure there was only one, before handing it to me. Sure made me appreciate that dollar. Terry

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