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Burnt out.

by Beau Green about a month ago in social commentary
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Head empty

My head hurts

My eyes burn

My hands shake

My mind is empty

I’m burned out

But I can’t take a hiatus

There isn’t time for a hiatus

I’ve got to keep going

But I can’t keep going

I’m going to melt if I keep going

But I have to keep going

I need a break

But they won’t let me

I’m not allowed to take a break

Otherwise I won’t get anywhere

I’ll be stagnant

I’ll be unsuccessful

But what if I want to be stagnant

What if I want to be unsuccessful

My type of success doesn't look like theirs

Their type of success is material

My type of success is emotional

It’s impulsive

It’s passionate

It’s vehement

I don’t want a life of things,

I want a life of feelings.

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Beau Green

Take a look into my conscious.

A college kid trying out writing.

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  • Angelina F. Thomasabout a month ago

    Totally dude! Rock on!

  • Kathy J Andersonabout a month ago

    Yes, how do you breathe when life is making you flow like a river without end or beginning!?! Not easy, am not there now, but at my age I do have my own schedule for once. For Once!

  • The Dani Writerabout a month ago

    Hoooooooooo!!! Nailed it!

  • Annelise Lordsabout a month ago

    Been here. But I too must go on. Success demands that I do. Life demands that of me too.

  • Dawn Saloisabout a month ago

    This is a very relatable poem. I’m sure many people can identify with feeling this way. Great job!

  • Alan Russellabout a month ago

    Hi Beau. Having been through something similar a few years ago I appreciate how your words so accurately describe what is going on in these circumstances. There is light believe me, there is.

  • Cooking With Lemonsabout a month ago

    Hello existential crisis of capitalists on a climate-threatened planet in a nutshell! The message is delivered so well in the pacing too. Hammered right into my heart there. Can't wait to read more!

  • InfiniteFlameabout a month ago

    Marvelous! Life of values and not of materials.

  • Babs Iversonabout a month ago

    One word: awesome! 😊💖💕

  • Lena Borondiaabout a month ago

    Discovered you through Call Me Les who shared your work in VSS on Facebook! Stunning poem! Something that also really resonated with me. Thank you for your work! :)

  • Call Me Lesabout a month ago

    This really resonated with me. Do you mind if I highlight you as a feature poem for poetry weekend in the Vocal Social Society? https://www.facebook.com/groups/376191867241324

  • Stephen Greenabout a month ago

    I worked in residential care for 3 years. This resonates with me so hard.

  • Cindy Calderabout a month ago

    A good commentary on today's society and the need to get ahead in lieu of pausing to smell the roses.

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