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I left the ice cream shop
To work at the mall
And I left the mall
When college started
And I left the library
Because I graduated
And I left the bookstore
To work at the gallery
And I left the gallery
To work at a better gallery
I left the better gallery
Because I had a baby
And I left the nonprofit I started
While the baby was little
Because it didn’t pay enough
I left the music school
Because of 9/11
And I left the teaching job
Because of the abuse
I left the theater company
Because of the ethics
And now it’s midmorning
And there’s a cat on my lap
And I work for myself

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