work for a living

some of us have to work

for a living

shouts, voice cracking with anger, trembling

at the injustice of it all

the words slap with accusatory force

stinging tears up from the depths

the shameful message clear

jobless, work less, worth less

how do you know the worth of someone

who has not been assigned a value?

off to bed with you.

there is no work to do.

tears sting, and I

grind the coffee beans,

some of us

make tomorrows lunch

run the dishwasher

feed the animals

start the robot vacuums

have to work

put out the dog

nighttime routine (not work to do)

just things I do.

for a living

In the morning I will clean

pick up tidy dust and sweep

unload dishes, reload more

start the bread and do some chores

some of us

I will dust and wipe down counters

empty trash and refill litter

wipe the hair out of the sinks

fix the breakfast, pack the lunch

have to work

appointments, paperwork, bills to pay

ordinary day-to-day (not work I do)

just things I do.

for a living

left without a partnership

the half that isn’t whole

the message clear, I dropped the ball

didn’t do my part, show my worth

without a paycheck, value is negotiable

the shameful message clear

we shout, voices cracking with anger, trembling

at the injustice of it all

 some of us have to work

for a living

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