Longest shift

She cleans up after everyone.
Her shift is, therefore, longer than
The longest shift plus overtime.
The overtime is for the docs.
She only gets her husband’s wrath
And children’s tantrums, hating her.
They want her sitting down at home,
But also want the clothes she buys,
The pocket money she provides,
The smartphone that her job supplies.

She’s hardly holding grudges, though.
She loves her job: it’s meaningful.
She knows she helps in saving lives
By “killing germs before they harm,”
By “cleaning clutter from the mind,”
By “smiling when one needs a smile.”
She finds her title funny, though.
“They want to keep me in my house.
And here I am with housekeeping.”

She does have such a genuine smile.

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