In this corner…
The match is about to begin.
Manager poised behind desk.
Employee ready in one corner
Employee expectant in the other corner.
The bell sounds
He said she said
But she said “no you are wrong.”
So she said he said
And he said “that isn’t right.”
At the end of 10 rounds
They stopped and awaited the manager’s verdict
Like plaintiff and defendant on Judge Judy.
The manager paused, deep in thought.
Wondering if he should have spaghetti or salad for lunch.
Then looking up he replied, “I’ll look into it.”
Ever hopeful that time would
allow for healing
or whisk him away to a new department
without direct reports
him feeling cornered
and the sound of conflict ringing in his ears.
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