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Poem: Catch-22

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Poem Summary

Catch-22 ia about working, but wanting to throw in the towel to quit. No matter the desire, we cannot quit our jobs because we have bills to pay. Blood is thicker than water & our money is in the red. We will be at work again tomorrow. Cracked hands, exhausted feet - we must work.

Vontae retires at halftime - MelliLorenzo Alexander pissed" by MelliMelVO

Inspiration From Actions of Football Player

I wrote this poem back in Sept of 2018.
It was inspired Vontae Davis # 22 defensive corner back for the Buffalo Bills when he just quit at halftime. Not just that game but the entire sport of NFL.

He said " Reality hit me fast and hard. I shouldn't be out there anymore."

I know we all feel like quitting sometimes but we cannot afford to when we have bills, family, etc. to worry about. There is never enough money to just simply quit.
Nonetheless, we all keep this dream in our heart.



Soapy hot water,
dishes strewn upon the counter,
tired hands scouring pots and pans.

Throw in the towel,
take liberty at halftime,
“Reality hit me fast and hard
I shouldn’t be doing this anymore.”

Not up to par,
do I keep sacrificing
or leave it in disarray?

Blood is thicker than water,
money in the red,

Dry cracked hands,
exhausted feet,
a clean counter until tomorrow.

"Vontae Davis quits team at halftime of Bills loss" by News 8 WROC

"Take This Job and Shove It " by Johnny Paycheck



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 01, 2021:

When every day workers want to toss in the towel

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 05, 2020:


I think you are right.

Might be a great way to deal with alot of things in life.

I thought at first it was really rude to his teammates, but one knows when they have had enough.

Have a great day.

Kyler J Falk from California on May 05, 2020:

Honestly I look at NFL players and how hard they train and play, and it amazes me how long some of them can stay in the sport. Sometimes you just need to drop your job like a hot potato, and he is a great example of how to go about it. No worries, no cares, just, "I'm done," and walk away knowing you did the right thing for your life.

A great piece, Brenda!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 04, 2020:


Thank you.

Yes, we all get tired of it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 04, 2020:


Thank you.

I know people who would love to tell their employers they quit.

Glad to know my words expressed this feeling.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 04, 2020:


I think we would all love to retire.

I can't believe he did it in the middle of a game, but I know the feeling of enough is enough.

Thanks for reading.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on May 04, 2020:

Your poem said it all. Could feel the dish-washing. We all need a break from that type of ongoing activity.Thanks Brenda, keep safe.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on May 04, 2020:

Yep, I have had jobs where I just felt like packing up and throwing in the towel..actually I did on one lol. Nice poem, Brenda, you expressed it well.

Lorna Lamon on May 04, 2020:

I think if you have the luxury to retire like most footballers of this standard - great. However, for the majority that is not their reality. We can but dream. Great poem Brenda with the perfect song.

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