Free Verse: The Career

By Dave Hood

Just out of college, motivated to impress
and obtain a pay raise
From those who have power
to hire and fire,

the young, educated, career woman,
an attractive brunette, in her stylish
black pant suit, white blouse,
with aspirations of climbing the corporate ladder,
Becoming CEO,
works long hours, into the late evenings.

She clears the avalanche of emails,
Empties the flood of voice mails,

Soothes the tempers of angry customers
by telephone,

Works through lunch and coffee break,

Fulfills the decrees of the tyrannical boss,
Completes an endless pile of written projects by their deadline.

She works these arduous tasks for several months,
hoping, praying, dreaming that she’ll be noticed
Like a pretty celebrity in a crowd.
Yet she begins to feel like a laborer in the fields.

One Friday evening, after a long stretch of
nothing but work,
She returns, exhausted, to the silence and darkness
Of her new condo, in the center of the city,
realizes that her only friend
Is a poodle, Maggie, who greets
her with a wet lick of the tongue
and handshake of rough, front paws.

She remains in the quiet and solitude
of her apartment, all weekend,
contemplates the meaning and purpose of her work
whether her dream is worth the effort.


About Dave Hood

Lover of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. Professional photographer and writer. Without the arts, life would be rather mundane, like a walk down the same old path on a dull day.
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