on light

compared with the Sun
everything becomes grey-scale
without perspective

~

n.b. It has been a challenging few days, putting fingers to the keyboard as impossible as joining like poles of two magnets. The ‘must post’ became ‘can’t post’.

Now, a shift. Was it the sunlight? Was it the experience of movement in daytime? Was it enjoying catching up with distant friends during the Twelve Days of Christmas? Was it remembering no employer owns all my time? Was it a conversation? Was it spending an hour cleaning the bathroom (don’t ask)? Was it hearing the wren singing?

The shift is back ‘to ‘I post‘. Easy enough to say…

~

CLP 08/01/2022

on time

hours spent at a desk
because the balance between
pay and life is wrong

~

CLP 25/12/2021

on Autumn

tardy Sun arrives
pays us cursory visit
clocks off as soon as...

~

n.b. If it even bothers to turn up for work these days.

CLP 08/12/2021

on payday

all those hours used up
while outside weather happens
meaningless tokens

n.b. Herzberg was right, hygiene factors, such as the work environment and pay, are nothing more than satisficers. I look at my salary statement and think, I am giving up living for this, just so I can afford to live?

~

CLP 20/11/2021

on the wheel

changes of colour
cannot disguise reality
working a treadmill

~

CLP 29/10/2021

on stage

under spotlight's glare
all can see imperfections
of others' labours

~

CLP 14/10/2021

On work ii

clock in work clock off
all we have to give is time
there's no tomorrow

~

CLP 28/08/2021

On Work i

what do we call it
when forty plus hours isn't
enough to pay rent?

~

CLP 28/08/2021

Look Inside

Unbutton the coat buttons,

unwrap the scarf

pull off the pullover

fold back the shirt

dig deeper

ease through the epidermis

hop by the heart

by-pass the ribs

dip past the diaphragm

get into the gut

see what we carry?

thirteen hundred and more

micro-organisms thriving

doing our dirty work

while we worry about

making a living; surviving

~

n.b. NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Eighteen: Look Inside for a prompt.

~

CLP 18/04/2021

On Song

Blackbirds serenade

Night owl returns to duvet

Curtains mask the dawn

~

CLP 07/03/2021