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Users use fools, fools have nothing to use March 2, 2016

Posted by vsap in Blogroll, Financial Crisis, Poetry.
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Excuses abound and friends abandon each other
like lunch yesterday never happened, like a shared vacation last year
never happened.
Yes, we have responsibility to self first in this business world,
experience teaches us promises are vapor, like breath hanging
in a Chicago January day, like paper wrappers blowing down I-94.
Never happened.
Trying to remain valiant and altruistic, maybe a little naive,
it’s easy to be hit by that metaphorical Mac truck missing its red light
and consequences lay heavy upon those unaware, unprepared.
Every eyewitness sees it differently, their perspectives shaded by
their pasts or simply the angle of view and even they say,
“I don’t think I would have done anything different.”
Never happened.
So the boss gives the white knight speech, it’s all for the best,
new goals to pursue, new horizons with new sunrises and sunsets,
and while all of this is true, when the moment arrives,
there’s no level of education, no worldly wisdom releases the pain.
Sure, there’s humiliation, recrimination, fright, loss, and anger.
And it is the last one that is replayed on TV news all the time.
Lose your job, go “postal” – a bad rap for the Postal Service since
it doesn’t happen frequently there at all. Sound-bite history.
Most simply choose to suffer in silence, sometimes alone,
separated from family, never again willing to trust a friend or colleague,
those bastards who so easily dispose of people who open themselves up.
Users use fools and fools have nothing to use.
So much for honesty, integrity, a little ego and ambition, sadly,
none of those things can feed a family or move a career along.
Yet, finding a way is all we have. Rugged individualism colored by
tough love and as the severance package is read to us we think
“Never happened”.

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