A mistake undoubtedly,
should have known better, should have known it didn’t matter –
didn’t matter what the manager of 41
would think of the opinion of a part timer of one
as incongruous as centre stage actress
seeking advice from a stagehand.
Perhaps it was flattery
or desire to help
or just plain ego
or just timing –
the afternoon quiet between shifts and less frenetic.
Did I think she did a good job?
did I know how she was perceived?
For the first,
everything was accomplished on time
to an acceptable standard and within budget
so the answer had to be, “ yes.”
“spit it out,”
water cooler, tea room consensus
was someone with the manner of an owner
and output of an employee.
My opinion is never again sought
nor am I spoken to
unless unavoidably necessary and
always with rigid brittle courtesy.