2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28 | Workplace Adversity Poem | WritersDigest.com

I almost skipped today’s assignment. It is to write a poem about how it feels to stand up for what is right in the face of adversity in the workplace. In this case, since opinions always differ about what is “right,” actual issues and situations can get in the way of the point–the experience of standing alone.

I chose to focus on the aftermath of a workplace stand, an experience which, I think, nearly everyone has had at one time or another. Other poets posting to the blog have told a more specific story. Read them all and then, if you feel so moved, try one yourself. If you choose not to do this one, I don’t blame you. It isn’t my favorite. Writing to a prompt every day, though, has been very good for me. Not every work is going to be good.

2012 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 28 | Workplace Adversity Poem | WritersDigest.com.

The Morning After

Down the hall

two women

whisper. Then

they glance

up and dart

off like birds

in different

directions.

In the break

room, everyone

suddenly

remembers

an urgent

assignment

somewhere else.

In your office,

the coffee

is cold.

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