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Poem: Unemployed


About Unemployment

Unemployment is a period when you have no job and it is probably one of the best times to express yourself through a poem. At this time, you might probably feel a little depressed seeing that no employer has called you for any interviews.


I toss and turn the pages


My mind jumps up and down


Every day I count my blessings

Accumulated to make my pay

Poem Meaning

I toss and turn the pages


This represents my job search online.

My mind jumps up and down


This means I may not fit for some jobs but I apply anyway. I feel like I am lacking direction.

Every day I count my blessings

Accumulated to make my pay

We know that to count your blessings means to be grateful for what you have but in my poem, I mean counting my blessings literally and imagining them as my salary.

For Those Who Are Currently Unemployed Or Was Unemployed In The Past

© 2018 Li-Jen Hew


Li-Jen Hew (author) on September 16, 2019:

Thank you Yiyi for visiting another poem of mine. It's a blessing to hear your opinion too and to have a good aunt like you.

Yi Yi on September 16, 2019:

You short poem is extremely poignant. You end it in hope and the last line captures perspective. It thrilled to see you are able to view blessings in your life as life’s remuneration.

I count you as one of life’s blessings and light a candle for you regularly that you may find your calling. Meanwhile, know that your birth came as a blessing to those around you!

Love you heaps. XX

Li-Jen Hew (author) on December 11, 2018:

Hello Verlie. Haha, it takes time. Currently working. Thanks.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on December 11, 2018:

Hey Bill, yeah I think i would prefer to work instead of doing nothing. Thanks.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on December 10, 2018:

It is a stressful time, searching for work. I've been there (lots) but not as upbeat as you are. I wish you the best.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2018:

Supposedly I retired eight years ago. I could not do it. Now I'm working for myself and working more hours than before. lol Unemployment would drive me crazy! :)

Robert Sacchi on May 06, 2018:

Yes, as the saying goes: "No amount of planning can make up for dumb luck."

Li-Jen Hew (author) on May 06, 2018:

@Robert. So lucky!! :)

Li-Jen Hew (author) on May 06, 2018:

Thanks Mary! :)

Robert Sacchi on May 05, 2018:

You're welcome. Fortunately, the big blow was to my pride. Financially I was lucky, not the least of which was due to my spouse who handles the finances.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 05, 2018:

When I first arrived in Canada, this was what I felt so I can relate to this. You are right, it is also the best time to give way to your creative spirit.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on April 01, 2018:

Hey Robert, thanks for being honest and humble. I hope you are doing fine now and you're right, the poem should stop there. :)

Robert Sacchi on April 01, 2018:

Yes, your poem is right on the money. I had 2 stretches of unemployment. One was back in '93-'94 and that was a bad time to be looking for work. The next stretch was '11-'12 and that was far worse. Hopefully you won't have to write a poem about the next phase, having to take a job for less than 1/2 of what you were getting. Welcome to HubPages.

Li-Jen Hew (author) on March 27, 2018:

Thank you Frank! And I like how you describe my poem..even stream.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on March 27, 2018:

I like the way you kept this poem at an even stream.. love the cartoon too LOL..

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