My dad encouraged me
to go into sales
So I worked for free
at his growing company
It was cheaper than
a master’s degree
I saw it as a path to white collar work
I had never even been a sales clerk
But I jumped in the game
And tried to make a name for myself
I sent out my marketing letters
But commission salesman wanted to do better
I was left with whatever
It still looked good for an internship
And I landed a job in downtown Cleveland
It was a daily one-hour trip
The office was in the Galleria Tower
My boss had a polite, southern accent
I was sure he was transferred
That it meant success
Within months, I was paranoid and depressed
I couldn’t control what I was thinking
My career was surely sinking
So I quit, as my dad would suggest
I returned to Cleveland for treatment
So I could still work locally
I still like to think about what I could be
Steven Pryce has always liked writing and won The Ambler Literary Award from Hillsdale College. He has also had brief jobs as a journalist. Currently, he is a member of Literary Cleveland and The Writers Group in Akron.
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