Chill In My Bones

Written for: Sunday Muse #165 (posted by Fireblossom)

Education.  That's what 
I need if I ever
hope to leave this
job, the boss that
comes with it, and
this godforsaken country.
Two choices of weather
here, rain or fog.  I
wait in my assigned
spot for Mr. I Am
The Smartest.  Permanent
case of the chilly-willies
snaking through my 
clothing, and settling
in my bones.  I try to
send most of my money
to Ma.  The need is
great, so for now
I must keep this job.
Live in a rathole,
and probably eat
less than the rats. 
It is all about education.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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27 Responses to Chill In My Bones

  1. qbit says:

    Seems like he’s been to the school of hard knocks already! Education has been such a great way out of the dead end for so many people, thanks for making that point so clearly.


  2. There’s no doubt about it. A good start is the all-important equalizer!



  3. Sherry Marr says:

    Well, but he does have a very elegant uniform! Smiles. But I hate that his dinners are not as tasty as his employer’s. Tis the way of the world, though.


  4. robtkistner says:

    Good man! Gotta take care of the ‘rents!


  5. Gillena Cox says:

    Nice one Sara
    Happy Sunday



  6. wyndolynne says:

    A perfect churn of waiting thoughts.


  7. Beverly Crawford says:

    Aha~ The chauffeur’s point of view…and a rather desperate one at that. I hope he hangs in there for the degree, and can give Mr. I Am The Smartest the rigid digit!


  8. Helen Dehner says:

    Absolutely love how this is the chauffeur talking. Of course, you would go in a delightfully direction.


  9. Syl says:

    Sending money to his ma…. and still he gives me the creeps.


  10. Carrie V. H. says:

    I can relate to the feelings here! Education indeed! Like the perspective you went with here Sara!


  11. msjadeli says:

    You’ve really got my curiosity going on who this person is and caring about what happens to her.


  12. writingwhatnots says:

    I like that we are hearing the chauffeur – the voice behind the uniform and dutiful smile, representing all those stuck in servile roles, lacking decent education. Its too easy to ignore them.


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