“How Was Your Weekend?”

Between the stand-up phone calls

and across the office floor,

you wave to folk you hardly know

except in these four walls.

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By overcrowded kitchen sinks

we share a laugh or two.

Awkward small talk, Monday mornings

“Yea, I’m good, and you?”

.

We sit in groups and chat at lunch

about the week we’ve had,

and Netflix shows you’ve got to see

once you’ve finished Breaking Bad.

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Through every boring meeting

and biannual corporate do,

forced friendships soon turn genuine,

the falseness becomes true.

.

These strangers who surrounded us,

now irreplaceable friends.

We go for drinks outside of work

and party at weekends.

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We bitch about the boss man

and rant about our pay.

Through Skype, Slack and funny gifs

we while away our day.

.

But lo, on LinkedIn you did spot

a job that’s made for you.

It’s better than the one you’ve got.

You apply, and get it too.

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Your notice has been given in.

Your last day is in sight.

You hit the pub with all your friends

and promise to stay tight.

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And still the years go by and by,

our lives continue on.

New colleagues and new kitchen sinks,

new parties, jokes and fun.

.

In moments you’ll look fondly back

at times you have embraced

strangers who felt like family,

so easily replaced.

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You raise a glass with your new team

but secretly you toast

to friends of old workplaces past

to whom you’re but a ghost.

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So make new friends but always heed

the office friendship lore,

when bonding over email, waving

across the office floor.

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