Looking at the Last Day

Back to Work

Looking ahead
Looking back
Back to the beginning
Back to the first day
Day one of slavery
Day of indentured service
Service to science
Service to men
Men give the orders
Men dictate the plan
Plan for the work week
Plan for the future
Future far away
Future so distant
Distant dreams
Distant goals
Goals for savings
Goals to independence
Independence from time clocks
Independence from a schedule
Schedule my day
Schedule my duties
Duties as burdens
Duties as priorities
Priorities at work
Priorities for sanity
Sanity buried
Sanity sacrificed
Sacrificed time
Sacrificed years
Years not my own
Years wasted
Wasted away
Wasted efforts
Efforts uncompensated
Efforts unrecognized
Unrecognized loyalty
Unrecognized dedication
Dedication to coworkers
Dedication to the job
Job well done
Job no one wants
Wants suppressed
Wants denied
Denied promotion
Denied meaningful work
Work while you cry
Work Defeated
Defeated
Cry

This is a Blitz Poem for Challenge #10 – Write a blitz poem for National Poetry Month. A blitz poem is a 50 line poetry form created by Robert Keim. It starts with a short phrase or verbal image as line 1. Line 2 starts with the same word as line 1. Lines 3 & 4 start with the last word on line 2, lines 5 & 6 start with the last word from line 4, and so on until line 48. Line 49 is a single word – the last one on line 48. Line 50 is a single word – the last one on line 47. The title is the first word on line 3 followed by a conjunction/preposition and the first word on line 47. Sounds a little confusing but it isn’t really that difficult.

The inspiration for this one is the announcement that as of today I am filing the papers with Human Resources to take advantage of the “golden handshake” the university was offering. My last day will be June 30th. I’ve worked long and hard and saved and been frugal so that my retirement will be comfortable. And by golly I want to have the freedom to do the things that bring me joy. I want to spend time with friends and family. I want to do art and write my book and publish my poetry. This is the first step in making those dreams come true! By the time you read this I will have filed the forms (in triplicate and signed all the important waivers etc.) and made the announcement to the boss. It will be bittersweet in some ways and liberating in others. But I am nevertheless ready to embark on this new adventure!

36 thoughts on “Looking at the Last Day

    1. Thank-you! I’m glad you think the poem did the whole work experience proud. I know there will be an adjustment period but I’m really looking forward to having some “me” time!

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  1. Oh, Muri, I’m so happy for you! What a brave and wise decision. Now you can live your dream of living in a van LOL. Seriously, I hope you indulge hubby’s wanderlust just a wee bit and come out to California. My guest house, aka the Bare Bones B&B, will be ready any year now and it would be a great place to recover from the road for a few days.

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    1. Judy I’d love to meet you! We do travel – just not in a van. So far we’ve visited all the continental states. We’ve got plans to go to Hawaii and Alaska in the next couple years. It is on our list to visit CA again and meet some former Xangans. Janet and you are at the top of the list along with Janebug (Lynn) and some others on the way. (It will likely be a road trip that meanders through Iowa, Missouri, Okalahoma, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and then into California.)

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    1. I am planning on really having fun in retirement and the last 2 months will fly by. Smooth is never how things go but I can weather any storm – especially when there is a very bright light at the end of the tunnel (and no it isn’t a train)!

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  2. Congratulations, Val — it’s a decision that seems to have been a long time coming, and I’m sure you will be very happy to have finally acted on it! June 30 seems a long way off, but it will come quickly!

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    1. I’ve got my calendar marked and the count down has begun! It will be hard leaving some things and people behind but I think it will work out best for me. I’ll still be able to stay in touch so all is well.

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      1. Can’t wait till you get out this direction — with enough warning, we might even be able to get several of us together (Lyne, Judy, you, me) somewhere in between all our locations. Yes — it will be a mixed blessing, but a lot less stressful, and there are always things to look forward to!

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  3. OMG Muri, this is so awesome! Congrats! I still remember the day I gave my boss my letter of resignation, the look on her face, how I floated on a cloud through the next 30 days, nothing could get me down. If your poem is any indication of how you felt about your job, you must be over the moon. πŸ™‚

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    1. I’ve been at this job for 28 years and I’ve had 4 different bosses. I will not mourn leaving though I’m sure I’ll miss some of the people (I’m fond of several grad students and staff members). However I’ll be able to meet them for lunch every now and then so it will be fun!

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      1. I still go to lunch with my old work buddy from time to time. The leisurely pace of retirement felt weird at first; the whole rest of the world is so busy, flying around at breakneck speed, having to hurry and pay the check because they only have an hour.

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        1. I know that feeling! Lunches will be so much more relaxed even when I’m visiting with former coworkers – I’ll be able to drive and drop them off at the door. That alone gives them an extra 15 minutes!

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  4. Everyone else said it so much better than I could. I’m so glad you could retire and know that you’ll be provided for. I’m doubly glad that you are going to begin that adventure while you still have the health to enjoy it! You GO woman!

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    1. Thanks and thanks! I made the announcement to the staff yesterday. All I heard was crickets until the end of the day then one person sent me an email expressing her sorrow. The boss took it better than expected…

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  5. wishing you all the best on your next phase of life and may it be full of adventure and triumph. your plans sound amazing and well thought out. a blitz poem conveys a well structured thought process, well done

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    1. I’m pretty excited. I’m putting together a schedule (because that’s how I roll) so that I don’t end up bored or lazy. There are lots of things I still need to discuss at work that might end up as on-call work.

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      1. per diem work would be great to ease into a semi retirement frame of mind rather than be totally cut off from a previous routine, i know i would like that sort of transition very much, you have now given me food for thought and some ideas to plan for too, thank you…smiles!!

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        1. I’m glad you like my ideas. I’m going to dinner with one of the investigators and she may hire me as an on-call employee. I will be able to work 900 hours per fiscal year so I think I can keep busy but I will also have the flexibility to schedule the work at my convenience!

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