I Don't Want to Come to Work Today

Debits and Credits.  Where are the Dreams?
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I don’t want to come

to work today.


My brain is tired.


To live my life

For the capital gain

Of others

Is not for which I aspired.


My Dream is

Coming forth

At a

Rapid pace.


I find it hard

To look the

Political bullshit

In it’s face.


But that’s where

I am

And I can lose

All I’ve built

If I don’t play the game –


No matter the guilt.




Shauna L Bowling

Refining, Defining or Rhyming

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© 2011 Shauna L Bowling

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mary 5 years ago

I agree Brave Warrior...but that is yet another reason you are the Brave Warrior....you recognize the truth and have the balance to be true to it and yourself at a balanced pace.


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bravewarrior 5 years ago from Central Florida Author

Just another of life's concessions!


chrisinhawaii 4 years ago

...and here you are 10 months later! Keep up the fight, bravewarrior!


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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida Author

I'm a fighter. In fact, I resigned from the position, just last month, that inspired this poem in order to write full time. Enough is enough!


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CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

Very striking Brave! I worked in corporate America for over a decade before deciding to start a family. Your words spoke to me with a significant impact. I have never gone back to working for someone else because my children are top priority. Now that my son has been diagnosed with Autism, my life has been a whirlwind of medical appointments. I don't think any one would hire me because I wouldn't be reliable. I have too many things to do. So I struggle trying to make it on my own. I'm thankful that my husband has a job that provides what we need.


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bravewarrior 3 years ago from Central Florida Author

Your very lucky to have a husband who can provide for your family's needs. I wrote this poem 3 months before I quit my job to become a writer. I'm struggling, but at least I don't have to deal with the corporate bullcrap anymore!


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Melinda Longoria 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

This is a great poem. I felt like this often when working in the corporate world. Some days you just don't feel like going into the office and dealing with the hassle of everything. On the other hand, I've had jobs that I've enjoyed and looked forward to being there. I think it's all about the job, the daily tasks, your boss, and the people around you. Voted up & I am sharing it on my bad boss facebook page. Sincerely, Mel


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Melinda, I used to love the job that prompted this poem. In fact, I had visions of becoming an officer of the company because I was loyal, believed in the mindset of the founder, and loved what I did. Then the second generation president turned his position over to his son and it all went to hell. Morale was down, and the family feel was totally overtaken by corporate b.s. When I found myself calling in sick when I wasn't and had no more paid time off left, I knew it was time to listen to my heart.

I hope your bad boss takes heed rather than lose valuable team members.


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Melinda Longoria 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

The same exact thing happened at the corporation that I worked for but I also think the economy had a lot to do with it too (& years of things being pushed under the rug). :-)


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Melinda, it was when I couldn't take it anymore that I made the bold move to quit my job cold turkey and embark on a freelance career. I gave up a lot: excellent pay, great benefits, and 401k. When it came down to it, respect for myself came first. I'm still struggling 2 years later, but I'll be damned if I live and work in an environment that no longer works for me.


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Melinda Longoria 2 years ago from Garland, Texas

Good for you! :-) That is a scary move but you have to do what's best for you. I am staying home with my three little babes right now, but I plan to reenter the working world probably in another year. In the meantime, I'm building up some passive income by writing on Hubpages and learning from others who have much more experience, like yourself. It is a great honor to meet you and converse with you about these things. I'm hoping that when I return to work the environment will be one that challenges me and that I enjoy. Wishing you great success and that the freelancing career gets easier every year. :-) Sincerely, Mel


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida Author

Melinda, it wasn't until my son was raised that I had the balls to make my drastic move. He came first when he was young. I'm now 57, he's 22, so now I can reclaim my life. I may sound old, but I'm young enough to pick up where I left off.


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Genna East 14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Shauna -- When reading the poetry written in response to this challenge, we find inspiration, and see something new with each, individual perspective and dimension that is so beautifully expressed! And it's all there...amazing, and enriching. :-)


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bravewarrior 14 months ago from Central Florida Author

I agree, Genna. This particular poem is not a response to your challenge, so I'm a little confused by your comment.


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PegCole17 13 months ago from Dallas, Texas

When I think about all the years I gave to the corporate world, the retail world and the service businesses where I've toiled, I treasure the learning aspect but begrudge the youth and energy I spent on other people's profit. Your poem reflects much of this.


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida Author

Peg, I feel your pain. I tried to avoid corporate America when I quit my job three years ago, but recently found I had to go back. However, this time I speak up for myself more than ever before. My current place of employment works people to death without paying overtime. I let it be known - in no uncertain terms - that if they want more than 40 hours out of me, they'll have to abide by the law and pay me overtime. Why the others allow themselves to be taken advantage of is beyond me. I've lived and learned!


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word55 13 months ago from Chicago

That was a cool poem Shauna. When we work for someone else we should expect to receive pay for it, be loyal, be on time and do our best. We shouldn't need to bust our butts but do no more nor less than what's expected. Remember, there are millions of people out of work that wished they had a job. We must find a happy medium in life and in working.


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oh yes, Sha...I can appreciate this, no doubt at all. I feel what you feel and have for quite a lot of years. It's play the game or get run over. Put on the image or fade into nothing.

You do it well, but will always ask, "Why?" Keep marching to the beat, girlfriend. One day it will be "you and your own sweet song," going forward and up! A boatload of hugs, Paula


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida Author

Al, I agree with you. However, the ethics you cite in your common should be found on both sides of the equation. Most often that's not the case and that's my gripe.


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida Author

Paula, I've learned to stand up for myself. Consequences don't scare me in the least. I have myself to answer to and will not let myself be taken for granted.

Hugs back!


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fpherj48 13 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Woo Hoooo! That's my girl! I LOVE your attitude.


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bravewarrior 13 months ago from Central Florida Author

You know me well, Paula. This little girl don't take no shit!

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