Poem: Taking It's Toll

Updated on July 9, 2019
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I am a writer. My passion is poetry. I feel words connect people together and help us to understand the feelings we share.

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

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    © 2019 BRENDA ARLEDGE

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      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 days ago from Washington Court House

        Chatra,

        Thank you so much!

        I look forward to reading more of your work.

      • Chatra Ram Lahua profile image

        CHATRA RAM 

        2 days ago from BARMER INDIA

        What a lovely poem

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        3 days ago from Washington Court House

        Sankhajit,

        Thank you.

        It portrays a part of every day life.

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        Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

        5 days ago

        'Taking its toll' is a sensible poem.

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        5 days ago from Washington Court House

        Greg,

        Thank you.

        That is my favorite line.

        It describes it all.

        Thank you for reading my work.

        Have a great day!

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        greg cain 

        8 days ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        5 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Sankhajit,

        Thank you.

        Have a nice day!

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        5 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Sankhajit Bhattacharjee,

        Thank you.

        Have a great day!

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        Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

        5 weeks ago from MILWAUKEE

        interesting to read

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        Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

        5 weeks ago

        interesting to read

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        6 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Dream on,

        Thank you for stopping by here for a visit.

        This coronavirus kind of takes the fun out of things.

        Stay safe.

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        DREAM ON 

        6 weeks ago

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        7 weeks ago from Washington Court House

        Laurie,

        Thank you for reading.

        It really does take a toll on one.

        Have a great day.

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        Laurie S Novak 

        7 weeks ago from Michigan

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

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        3 months ago from Washington Court House

        Audrey,

        Thank you so much!

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

        Have a wonderful day!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        4 months ago from Washington Court House

        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.

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        Miranda Blanks 

        4 months ago from New York, New York

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        4 months ago from Washington Court House

        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.

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        DREAM ON 

        4 months ago

        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 profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        5 months ago from Washington Court House

        Nella,

        Thank you.

        Yes, working does take a toll on one.

        I appreciate you reading my work.

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        Nella DiCarlo 

        5 months ago from Guelph, Ontario

        Can relate to this poem. Well done

      • Brenda Arledge profile imageAUTHOR

        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        11 months ago from Washington Court House

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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