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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The New Job

My good friend Hank had worked a job for most his adult life.
It supported all his family—his children and his wife.
But Hank decided he’d begin with something else this year,
Yes. Even at his age, he’d try and start a new career.

So Hank shed uniform and this he gladly traded for
A job a lot less boring than the one he’d had before.
Yes, Hank became a Taxi driver, certain he would find
His clients much more charming than were those he’d left behind.

His first day started naturally, with sunrise and a fare,
He wisely quizzed his passenger, then started things from there.
He carefully weaved through traffic, even whistled as he went,
Singing with the radio and feeling most content.

When suddenly a hand reached up and touched him on the arm,
His client had a question. Didn’t mean to cause him harm.
But Hank, he screamed and spun the wheel and barely missed a bus,
Scaring people on the sidewalk and then starting quite a fuss.

And when they stopped, Hank pushed his door and left it there, ajar.
For just a moment, both sat convalescing in the car,
And then a tiny voice spoke up from somewhere in the back.
“I only tapped your arm,” it said. “It wasn’t an attack.”


“I’m sorry if I startled you. I didn’t mean to scare.
I merely had a question.” Hank turned around right there.
“It wasn’t you, my friend,” Hank said. “I know I made things worse.
“But you simply have to understand, for years, I drove a hearse!”

New is good, you know, but when beginnings are discussed.
Remember, as you’re switching jobs, a memory’s a must.

Each month, Karen of Baking in a Tornado give her followers a chance to test their poetic skills before the world.
January's theme? Beginnings.
The New Job was my effort.
Now go and see that the others have created!
Karen of Baking In A Tornado: New Beginnings
Dawn of Spatulas On Parade: (New)Beginnings
Lydia of Cluttered Genius: Beginning...Again

Jules of The Bergham Chronicles: Begin Again
For those who have not yet 
seen the notices: 
My new book is here! 
My new book is here!
Daughter of Ishmael has finally 
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You can get your copy here:
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14 comments:

  1. I enjoyed the surprise in that poem.

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    1. Thanks, Cyn! It was such fun to write!

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  2. Do I sense another poetry collection to be published soon?

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  3. I always come to this blog full of anticipation and expecting to be fully amused. You never disappoint. Hysterical ending!

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    1. Thanks so much, Karen! This was so much fun!

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  4. Absolutely loved it!! Priceless ending!! Great job!! Congratulations on the new book!!

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