Why Am I Frustrated?
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Elaine Fields Smith
Why Am I Frustrated?
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Why am I frustrated?
Let me count the ways.
Tis a necessary evil to be where I am
Because of finances being in such a jam.

Why am I frustrated?
No matter what they say
Tisn’t easy to sit here with my skills wasting
Wondering what to do and if the phone will ring.

Why am I frustrated?
Helpless to make a change.
Too scared or unsure to take the plunge
Too many old debts to try to expunge.

Why am I frustrated?
Let me just say this
Working for a living causes us strife
The struggle for money is contrary to life.

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  1. This has a pace and rhythm that suits the subject… well done!

  2. Elaine I rather like this poem. Working for a living isn’t necessarily the funnest thing when you’d rather just be writing. Sadly writing is like all the arts, very, very few quite competent people ever reach full-fledged professional status.


    • And my workplace has not near enough going on to keep my attention, then the frustration keeps me from writing. But I had an idea on the way home to combat that, will work on it tomorrow. Thanks!

  3. I don’t wanna work. I just wanna bang on these drums all day.

    Nice write, Elaine.

  4. Bob said on July 11, 2013

    and such is life, we spend our life working to get to the place where we can’d work then wish like hell we could work and get some money. your poem is spot on- Frustrated!

  5. Elaine,

    I’ve been working for the man so long the man is now in a nursing home… but after a lifetime of working I’ll soon get my reward… unfortunately it’ll be a nursing home just like the man’s (but not as upscale).

    Enjoyed your poem, though


  6. Hey Elaine,

    Sorry you’re feeling like this… Some days are worse than others I imagine. I agree with you! It sucks going to work and it often gets in the way of living :-)

    Good poem. Hope you feel better soon.


  7. Oh Elaine, we are in very much the same boat…I can relate to a lot of what you have written here…even change has it’s limits, and often it happens slowly over a long period of time…I hope you start to feel better soon :)


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  8. Isn’t the sentiment of this poem the sentiment of all writers? (that they’d like to write all the time, and maybe get paid for it?) :)

    Great little piece–expertly describing the frustrations of the writer–knowing there are bills to pay and obligations to meet, yet wanting nothing more than to write all day long. :)


    • Thanks, this doesn’t just apply to writing, but to my current job situation as well. Getting paid is great, sitting here wasting away isn’t. E

      • Elaine,

        I know the feeling, having been unemployed for more years than I care to remember. That’s kinda why I started writing…figure maybe I’ll work something up that would be good enough to sell–and, it gives me something to do. (If I can work up the guts to put something out there.) :)


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