The call was unexpected – the message devastating.
The company is laying off employees with no waiting.
She’s stupefied… she’s mortified… she’s terrified, as well!
Is this a sickly joke on her, or is she now in Hell?
She’s worked this job for years and planned to stay ‘til she retires.
But now she’s thrown out on her own to struggle for a hire.
So many thoughts and feelings come crashing on her brain.
It’s happened much to others, but now she’s on the train.
The train has no conductor… careening down the track.
It’s headed for a precipice and never coming back.
She’s never coming back… she’s never coming back… she’s never…
–Dawn Cawthon Behrens

About grandawn

I live in Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA. I have three wonderful grandchildren. I am a teacher, writer, actor, singer. . . and whatever else I can manage.
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8 Responses to Unemployed

  1. Great poem and post but terrible subject. . .you know my prayers are going all the time. I believe all will work out and better than you expect, but God never tells me when in these cases – drat it! Keep on keepin’ on! That’s what my favorite Bishop under whom we served many years ago used to say. He is the only Bishop of the many we have worked with who I felt was my Pastor, and I truly loved that wonderful man. So, I repeat – Keep on keepin’ on!

    • grandawn says:

      I agree, Paula, God always seems to work things out better than I expect. He doesn’t give me a timetable, either. Dang it! 🙂 Thank you for the prayers. Keep ’em comin’.

  2. knittingmaestro says:

    What a wonderful expression of you heart. I wish I had you gift of our language. Continuing to pray for you!!!!!

  3. Neeraj Kumar says:

    I liked yet this situation is not likable 😦

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