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Job Hunting

No matter where I look
No matter how hard I pray
No matter my urgency and its drive...
I cannot find a job...

I'm pained by the agony of suffering
for hope... faith beats me...
perseverance is growing winded
and despair is as familiar as a smile

And I continue on like this

as the seconds only bring me closer to more nothingness
and I sit in the chair of discouragement and rub my head for comfort

You see, I lie to myself and tell myself I'm happy and feel this lie
so I don't have to wade in depression of the truth of how low I am... 
by poverty and its constraints... and its consumption of my entirety...

and I beg God for help...I beg you now again God I can't go
on like this much longer...





(the next day I got a job!!!! Ha!)

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  1. Date: 2/19/2010 12:16:00 PM
    Thank you for sharing your poetry with us today. I enjoyed reading it. I hope you have a wonderful weekend filled with inspiration Richard. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/18/2010 8:06:00 PM
    SOME TIMES I FEEL LIKE THAT .WAIT A MINUTE I ALWAYS FEEL LIKE THAT...I TO LOVE TO ASK GOD FOR HELP...I ENJOYED READING YOUR POEM...I.T.