10 Dec


Lifers are the type of folks
Who sit down for their lunch
And all they’ve got to talk about
Is work while they all munch

They’re given thirty minutes or
A full hour to break
To clear their minds of their work day
A short reprieve to take

And all they can come up with is
To keep talking about
The project that they’re working on
Or just complain and pout

About the duties they’re assigned
To earn their precious pay
The topics that they talk about
Is such a short array

It makes me shake my head to see
The followers and sheep
Who cannot speak on a topic
That’s spiritual or deep

They go the easy route and just
Speak of the job they do
The future of the company
And how it affects you

Breaks are opportunities
To let yourself stay fit
For love of God, go for a walk
And get outside a bit!

See and smell and feel the air
And realize there’s more
Than just the company that you
Presently do work for

Next time that discussion veers
Towards the same routine
Be a warrior, speak up
And wipe the topic clean

“Why don’t we change the subject
To something else instead
Other than this job that we
Can’t get out of our head?”

That’s the point of breaks, to take
The opportunity
For thirty minutes or an hour
To let yourself be free

Do not be a Lifer and
Speak just about your grind
‘Cause after doing that enough
Pretty soon you will find

That you are taking it back home
When you have gone off shift
And you’ll be squandering free time
That is a precious gift

The Lifers waste their off shift time
Still talking about work
And all the other things they could
Be doing, they just shirk

I promise you, there’ll come a day
When that job won’t be there
Regardless of how hard you work
Or how much you may care

And then you’ll realize just how
Dependent you have been
On that job for discussion
When not at that machine

Or office desk, cash register
Work van or restaurant
The absence of your nine to five
Will staggeringly haunt

Unless you open up your eyes
And recognize there is
More to life than where you work
And talking strictly biz



8 Responses to “Lifers”

  1. iamforchange December 10, 2011 at 9:36 am #

    Well said! Thanks for sharing your gift!

  2. Antigone's Clamor December 10, 2011 at 11:44 am #

    Excellent, as usual! Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds discuss ideas; Average minds discuss events; Small minds discuss people.” Your poem very much reminded me of that!

    • Warrior Poet Wisdom December 10, 2011 at 11:49 am #

      Lovely quote from a lovely lady. Thanks for sharing!
      Peace & grace,

  3. granbee December 10, 2011 at 12:39 pm #

    Oh, warrior, you should have to endure the recipe talk of all the church ladies around here. The talk at breaks at my former workplace was downright Biblical compared to disappointing ingredients and disappointing family members!!! I AM a warrior all the time with these women: that is why most of them (not all, thank goodness) start clearing throats and saying they are late to get somewhere else when I start talking. Thanks for the encouragement; it really helped today.

  4. willofheart December 10, 2011 at 8:19 pm #

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  5. Nandini December 11, 2011 at 1:19 pm #

    Beautiful and true words. 🙂

  6. lscotthoughts December 11, 2011 at 10:20 pm #

    Wow, I really love this and the message you convey! All the stanzas are great, but this one was right on: Great poem, Miro!

    Breaks are opportunities
    To let yourself stay fit
    For love of God, go for a walk
    And get outside a bit!

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