Poem on Work ~ The Rat Race


This is a poem on hard work but mainly overwork – the modern day rat race of striving to achieve things we believe we need, at the expense of our health and true happiness.

Such a lifestyle often comes to our own detriment.

This poem about work and the secular world reflects the place of an individual in a community where people are always caught up in this rat race.

The themes: hard work to the point of exhaustion, self-denial, pretense, following the crowd on the path the game makers choose – work your whole life, pay bills, slave – until you finally kick the bucket.



Nonetheless, Hope you enjoy reading it/gives you something to think about.

Disclaimer * Of course hard work is commendable and helps us achieve things we can really be proud of, but this poem just considers where it becomes Overwork and Emptiness.

Hard Work Poem:

It's The Chasing Game


Slipping in … slipping out

You see me but you don’t

A few hours is all I can spare

Watch me in the early hours

Or during darkest night

If you hope to see my tired glare

 

The residence is still and quiet

Barely inhabited

Laughter and life I know not

The Chug Chug of the train

Is the music of my days

Repeating repeatedly, lest I rot

 

 But Just know this

Not all that occurs is by choice

Sometimes that’s just the way it goes

Warring to attain the things (I think) I deserve

I must keep it up

For how long? who knows

 

Eating pre-packaged  food

Doused in instant coffee

Because time isn’t a luxury

I must get my game straight

And force it all together; it’s called

Self-inflicted thuggery

 

This game was not my plan

Yet going back is not an option

The pretense is real

For all seems right

But my shaky inner self knows better, and

To work till the death is the deal.

 

Chasing the wheel

It Makes me happy?

Or perhaps hides enough.

 –

 

If you desire the life I live

Please, first know this -

What you see me do: It’s tough.

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