40 Years of Work, Then Death

40 Years of Work, Then Death

A Poem by J. R.

A poem for those who are stuck in a dead end job that they can't escape from

The idealism of youth
All is good, And all is grand
Then you realize where you stand
Working nine to five
Just to stay alive

Memories from childhood glow in your brain
While management yanks on your chain
"When I grow up, I wanna be an astronaut"
This was never the life you sought

Forty years of work then death
Forty years and death
That's all that's left

Your hair thins and you nerves crack
You feel a constant ache in your back
You sit at home and reminisce
Back when there was more than this
Graduating college and shaking hands
Now subject to corporate demands

Thirty years of work then death
Thirty years and death
That's all that's left

A bottle in hand
This was not the plan
You had talent, you had dreams
Tears flowing down in streams
As everything bright and surreal
is crushed under reality's heel

Twenty years of work then death
Twenty years and death
That's all that's left

White hair and wrinkled skin
Now officially a has-been
Just another sad old man
Nearing the end your lifespan
All used up and thrown away
Left to wallow in your dismay

Ten years of work then death
Ten years and death
That's all that's left

© 2010 J. R.

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Everything is here. You get the idea early on, but I might like to see what happens once you reach the ten year point and what comes after.
Is there a reverse realization? Is there a redemption event? Is the inevitable banality postulated by this prose the end, or is there some thread of light still left? I got an open ended impression here... just my take. Well done poem at the core.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Nice tempo and repitition.

Posted 9 Years Ago

Very very sad but great flow and such a creative idea! Awesome job

Posted 9 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

This is really good! Well done.

Posted 9 Years Ago

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Added on August 26, 2010
Last Updated on November 17, 2010
Tags: job, work, forty, years, then, death, pessimism, depression, hopelessness


J. R.
J. R.

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