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Shift Work

Another Day

By Matthew FrommPublished 11 months ago 1 min read
Shift Work
Photo by Jonas Jacobsson on Unsplash

Ding! Another day.

Instant coffee into a cheap cup.

Stir in some Splenda. Fill it up.

Terri is particular. Same way, every day.

Rent due.

AC broke too.

Coffee up! They filter in all day.

Time entered. Sun’s going down.

Injured foot hurts like a fresh crown.

Ohh sleep! you sweet release from sorrow.

No time for her novel. “There’ll always be time tomorrow.”

Author's Note: Inspired by the hard workers of Kribi Coffee - Chicago, whose coffee is decidedly not instant, but fantastic, and served as my office for the day. #supportlocalbuisness

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Matthew Fromm

Full-time nerd, history enthusiast, and proprietor of random knowledge. The best way to find your perfect story is to make it yourself.

Here there be dragons, and knights, and castles, and quests for entities not wished to be found.

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  • Mother Combs4 months ago

    Great poem, excellent flow

  • Very well done. Excellent rhyme scheme!!!

  • Celia in Underland4 months ago

    Enjoyed this -A great microcosmic snapshot. The snippets of conversation made it really immersive, 🤍 Though I can't write any where other than in silence, sadly 🤍

  • Babs Iverson7 months ago

    Fabulous!!! Love this!!!

  • Rachel Deeming7 months ago

    Great snippet of an everyday life. Simple but evocative. I liked this a lot.

  • Veronica Coldiron7 months ago

    Great tribute both to writers and baristas! 💖

  • Nicely done! 👌✨

  • Denise E Lindquist9 months ago

    Nice acrostic! Congrats on the top story that included this poem!🎉

  • Teresa Renton9 months ago

    Fabulous job within the constraints that an acrostic presents! You captured the drudgery, the easy distraction, the physical and mental tiredness at the end of a hard day.

  • Gail Wylie9 months ago

    I like!!! So true how distractions keep you from doing that which you dream of......

  • Alexander McEvoy9 months ago

    Oh this was really well done! I love how your brought across the everyday drudgery of shift work but still made it seem as though the POV has a sunny outlook!

  • C. H. Richard10 months ago

    Oh yes coffee is probably my number one distraction! Love the shoutout to small business 😊 ☕️ Well done!

  • Mohammed Darasi11 months ago

    That's a great poem! I love how you told the story there. The last two linesbwerr my favourite, and how you rhymed sorrow and tomorrow

  • Cendrine Marrouat11 months ago

    Very well done! You did a great job with this acrostic!

  • Dana Crandell11 months ago

    You covered the entire day! And - coffee! Great job, Matthew!

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