Selfish Fool

Gluttony in a detail from The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things by Hieronymus Bosch
Gluttony in a detail from The Seven Deadly Sins and the Four Last Things by Hieronymus Bosch | Source

Why should I be the one

working overtime

without pay by the way

every single day

cause you are so lazy

you can’t even see

that you bring no value

to anything or anyone.

You pretend to fight

for workers’ rights

but lost your way

long ago

under all that gluttony

just about a paycheck

and mileage reimbursements.

Right now

you’re probably feeding your face

drowning your worthlessness

in beer after beer

bonding up with some hater

because that is who you are.

Nepotism galore

hiring friends

going out of your way

to hire only

boyfriends and girlfriends

just for spite,


the easy way out.

Hard work

foreign to your world.

You attract like souls

who are all about a dollar

doing the minimum

and all the time looking to just get over.

Others bail you out

time after time

cover for your offensive manners

and insensitive words.

Why should you ever change?

some one is always there

to fix it

while you never lift a finger.

Don’t mind me

I will keep on

trying to make up

for all you are not

working extra

and over

on meaningless work

copying records

creating meaningless spreadsheets

and proving myself.

Just praying for the day

you retire

and go away.

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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Wow truthfornow. It seems you have a problem with a work colleague or boss. Great way to get things off your chest by writing this powerful poem. Well done.

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PegCole17 2 years ago from Dallas, Texas

We've all likely worked with this sort of person who is a constant drain on others. It is truly demoralizing and uninspiring.

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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Very interesting.

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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Wow. I hope this is just a rant, although i've known a few selfish fools in my time here on earth and they're gone. yea.......

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wayne barrett 2 years ago from Clearwater Florida

Can I tape this above my desk? Lol.

Powerful stuff.

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truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA Author

Thanks for reading my friends @jodah @pegcole17 @Ericdierker @always exploring @wayne barrett. I have been wasting the past two days of my life to make up for the way someone else conducts themselves at work. And I am about to have to waste all of tomorrow too. Have many angry feelings that I had to get out.

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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Yeah, hub about it! That's a good way to express your frustration(s) and in a very creative way too!

Don't drain yourself. Write on sister!

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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Glad it was at work and not at home. I've worked with some nurses who belonged elsewhere and soon they were asked to leave, so maybe your coworker will find a pink slip in her desk...

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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

What an unpleasant situation for you, truthfornow! You have conveyed your frustration very effectively in your poem. I hope the problem is solved soon.

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Sparklea 2 years ago from Upstate New York

truthfornow, wow, I guess you said it all! Love the title.

Selfish Fool...that in itself is a good description of this person, not to mention the rest of this extraordinary hub! I have found some of my best writing is when I am angry...Thank you for this insightful, profound rant. Voted up, useful and interesting. God bless, Sparklea :)

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Some people just know how to get away with "it." Glad you are on to the culprit. For your sake, may he leave real soon. Great, heartfelt poetry.

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teaches12345 2 years ago

I am so sorry that you are dealing with such a person. I hope things work out for you.

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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

We all have two or three of these in our various workplaces. Lovely poem.

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