The tasks were become familiar.
I no longer felt like a person wearing new clothes,
for the first time …
terminally self conscious.
I learned the names of their children,
building a database …..
…. where they had been before
and how long they’d been here.
It seemed to be working.
People were more willing
perhaps I was not so infuriatingly earnest.
Less like a zealous convert,
eager to share salvation.
Co-workers began to talk of topics other than work
some remained distant
I seem to have passed the test,
if not popular –
considered all right.
Belonging : a wonderful feeling.