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Unemployment - Day Five

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Unemployment - Day Five

It's my fifth day of unemployment
and I'm going a little bit crazy.
I'd expected to sit around and relax
and in general behave quite lazy.

Day one, I made a scrapbook
and rearranged all my craft totes.
Day two I cleaned out bird cages
and started writing pre-Christmas notes.

Shopping is done and put away.
Outside Christmas lights are shining.
I fear I'm running out of projects
and for my job I am pining.

A second scrapbook has been started,
a nine hundred page book's nearly read.
I've not even made it through week one
so the next five weeks I now dread.

I vowed I'd wait 'til the new year
before looking for another career.
Six weeks off seemed reasonable, at the time,
but my resolve is failing I fear.

These little projects keep me busy.
They keep my mind occupied for awhile.
If I tell you I'm enjoying this holiday,
well now you know , I'm just in denial.

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  1. Date: 12/28/2012 6:22:00 PM
    I felt the same way.

  1. Date: 12/9/2012 7:48:00 PM
    and good luck with your job search. It's so sad that many must have lost their jobs and their sole means of support along with you.

  1. Date: 12/9/2012 7:47:00 PM
    I saw this title and just had to see this one. Gosh, are you single, I have forgotten. So that means you HAVE to work. What a huge pain for you. I have to work too and that's even being married. And to tell you the truth, I love just staying home. I would never get bored because I have so many projects I love doing. Why don't you try writing a book, francine. Do you not enjoy tv? WEll, I sure enjoyed your poem. Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 4:14:00 AM
    How about a boyfriend Francine, they take up lots of time and then maybe you won't want a job! Haha. You sound stifledin all these spaces. hope change comes soon. Luv, Lizzie

  1. Date: 11/24/2012 7:13:00 PM
    I hope you get work soon, the universe has a plan for you sit back & enjoy your time before your new work venture begins, great write :)

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 7:49:00 AM
    don't despair - a new job is right around the corner.

  1. Date: 11/20/2012 9:34:00 PM
    time for a holiday you could come downunder....plenty of work here we had no recession julie gave us all a grand to spend then:)

    Roberts Avatar Francine Roberts
    Date: 11/20/2012 10:00:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    work visa, money to relocate, and leaving family behind... too many obstacles I'm afraid
  1. Date: 11/18/2012 5:09:00 PM
    don't know if this is true - if it is, i hope you get a job soon. i enjoyed your lighthearted poem about it, though, especially the ending (love the rhyme of awhile and denial!).

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 5:26:00 AM
    Francine sorry to hear of your predicament hope it improves...David

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 6:50:00 PM
    It's so hard to fill your time with worthwhile things it's why I write! You can do it! Light & Love [soup mail]

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 6:46:00 PM
    : ) I hope it's fictional!! Nicely done, Francine. Ruben

    Roberts Avatar Francine Roberts
    Date: 11/17/2012 9:57:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    no, not fictional, the company I worked for went out of business, 120 of us unemployed
  1. Date: 11/17/2012 5:10:00 PM
    cute poem, Francine. I sure understand how it is when your not working. Hugs, catie :)