Poem: I Have to Meet the World Today
Ever feel like people don't see the real you when you're at work? As if it takes more effort than you sometimes have to keep on that pleasant mask? You're not the only one. Sometimes I feel like I'll forever be stuck in a job I don't want simply because what I love--writing--doesn't pay the bills.
Who you are at work does not define you. It simply shows that you are willing to take stepping stones to get where you want. Now keep those steps up until you find bigger, better stepping stones in the direction closer to your goals. Enjoy!
I Have to Meet the World Today.
I have to meet the world today
rub the shadows away
make sure I'm on time, not late.
I have to take a shower again
rub shampoo and soap in
make sure the sleep goes away.
I have to apply the right makeup
rub concealer in, smooth it up
make sure I look awake.
I have to wear real shoes today
rub and massage my soles,
make sure there's not too much pain.
I have to wear that hated uniform
and that employee staff tag
to show I make minimum wage.
I need to smile happily
as customers do their consumering.
I seriously need a drink in me
to shake away the day's gloomering.
I just need to get home, okay?
I don't want to think about bill due dates.
Soon I'll need a vacation day
to help the illusion of progressing.
And then I'll be back
with the makeup and shoes
the smiles, hidden glooms
as I focus on getting ready.
I have to meet the world today.
But the world?
It won't meet me.
© 2011 Jennifer Kessner