How not to make friends and influence people (Poem)

Welcome to our little get together
Please pick up your mask at the door
Please don’t tell us how you’re feeling
That’s not what we’re gathered for.

Please don’t be high maintenance
Or need us more than once
We would like to help you 
But on our own conditions.

Please always wear a smile
And be positive
Please don’t attempt deep conversation Please select one of our socially acceptable pre-ordained small talk topics.

Please remember we don’t want to know how you are
We ask merely to be polite
We want to see you as it suits us
And finally, please, please don’t be yourself.

There is only room in the inner circle for those who are exactly like us.

Suzanne Rollinson (2015)

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