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Poem: Taking It's Toll

I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

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Work boots on
trudging to the hell place,
extra hours consuming your life.

Fingers working to the bone,
lifting objects too heavy,
an irritable mood
the moments you are home.

Severe aching back pain
shooting bullets down your leg,
not enough time for rest
between each day,
journey sixty minutes one way.

Calendar keeps turning,
hands on the clock counting down,
year after year this torment
taking its' toll.

Branding your body with its' hardships,
the almighty dollar lining your pocket,
leaving the impression of a suitable reward.

"Life of a Workin' Man" by Creed Fisher

© 2019 BRENDA ARLEDGE

Comments

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

Mark,

I agree. One gives his all for a company for years & then realizes he is just a number.

It is sad to let work take it's toll on one's body when the reward is so little.

But...everyone has to make a living.

Have s great day!

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on September 05, 2020:

Money is truly not the best reward, that's for sure.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 03, 2020:

Chatra,

Thank you so much!

I look forward to reading more of your work.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on June 03, 2020:

What a lovely poem

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on June 03, 2020:

Sankhajit,

Thank you.

It portrays a part of every day life.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee on June 01, 2020:

'Taking its toll' is a sensible poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 31, 2020:

Greg,

Thank you.

That is my favorite line.

It describes it all.

Thank you for reading my work.

Have a great day!

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on May 29, 2020:

Brenda - I love the tale told in this one single line:

"the almighty dollar lining your pocket,

leaving the impression of a suitable reward."

It's like a 13 word flash story. Says so very much in so very few words.

The whole thing is great, don't get me wrong, but that last verse is a powerful gut punch to finish it off. Captures the times perfectly, too.

Great piece of work. I loved the Creed Fisher song, too. Good stuff.

Nicely done, Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 30, 2020:

Sankhajit,

Thank you.

Have a nice day!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 30, 2020:

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee,

Thank you.

Have a great day!

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on April 30, 2020:

interesting to read

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee on April 30, 2020:

interesting to read

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 24, 2020:

Dream on,

Thank you for stopping by here for a visit.

This coronavirus kind of takes the fun out of things.

Stay safe.

DREAM ON on April 23, 2020:

Another day of work gone. Another day of work to come. I know with everyone losing their jobs I should be so grateful and appreciative. Most of the time I am. Then there are other times I wish it could be so much more fun. I like to come back to old hubs and revisit them to see if my views have changed. Thanks so much. Have a peaceful afternoon.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on April 17, 2020:

Laurie,

Thank you for reading.

It really does take a toll on one.

Have a great day.

Laurie S Novak from Michigan on April 17, 2020:

Brenda! I remember being in that rut! I'm so glad to be retired. Thank you for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 20, 2020:

Audrey,

Thank you so much!

I am glad to hear you feel I portrayed this well.

Have a wonderful day!

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on February 20, 2020:

I love this! Your poetic words do justice to the hard-working folks who have to work day in and day out. Well done, Brenda!

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on February 02, 2020:

Miranda,

Thank you.

Yes, it is sad, but unfortunately people have to work.

Just sad that employers do not make life easier instead if working people to death.

Thanks for reading.

Miranda Blanks from New York, New York on February 02, 2020:

This poem is so true and sad the way people work themselves to death. Life seems so meaningless when that is all people do. Many people have no choice because the price of living has gone up, especially in major cities in the U.S.A. Nice poem Brenda.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 16, 2020:

Dream On,

Thank you. It is true that so many of us live the life we know.

I appreciate you reading my work.

Have a great day.

DREAM ON on January 16, 2020:

We put the time and effort into hoping for a just reward. I am not sure all the work we give is proportionate to the life that we live . I constantly am rethinking but little change since this is the life I know and it is so hard to think any differently. Another great write. So beautifully penned.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on January 02, 2020:

Nella,

Thank you.

Yes, working does take a toll on one.

I appreciate you reading my work.

Nella DiCarlo from Guelph, Ontario on January 02, 2020:

Can relate to this poem. Well done

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on July 10, 2019:

Thank you, John.

Yes, working does take its toll but it is something many must deal with to survive.

Too bad many are unable to work at a job they enjoy.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on July 09, 2019:

Brenda, good job with this poem...A very suitable tribute/ode to any working person. Long hours working and travelling tend to take their toll in the long run.