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Written for the sleepy drafts unofficial Sleepy Mission Challenge

By Babs IversonPublished 3 months ago Updated 3 months ago 1 min read
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Working from home provided a good life.

Husband and wife worked without strife.

Eavesdropping, the husband did.

Overheard details about spouse's employer's takeover bid.

With secret info, he purchased thousands of shares.

Never acknowledged or put on airs.

Confessing, much later, to his wife, the stories he spins

because she didn't know of her husband's sins.

Outraged, the wife divorced her mate.

Whistleblowing, she didn't expect her fate.

While he will only receive a slap on the wrist and a big payday,

the ex-wife's employer fired her that very day.

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Author's notes: This is for sleepy drafts unofficial eavesdropping sleepy mission challenge. For information on sleepy drafts' challenge, see below:

Insider trading is a crime. As you remember, Martha served her time.

UNFAIR was inspired by true events. Thank you for reading! Your hearts and comments are deeply appreciated.

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About the Creator

Babs Iverson

Barbara J Iversen, also known as Babs Iverson, lives in Texas and loves her grandkids to the moon and back. After writing one story, she found that writing has many benefits especially during a pandemic and a Texas-size Arctic Blast.

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  • L.C. Schäfer3 months ago

    Oh balls, that was hardly fair!! 😮😮😮 A lot of story in just a few rhyming lines, well done!

  • Very well written with great poetic flair.

  • Chloe Gilholy3 months ago

    I feel like this happens more common than I would like to believe would happen. Great work!

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    This is fabulous. Well done, my friend.

  • Excellent words , great poem

  • Lacy Loar-Gruenler3 months ago

    Another great piece, Babs! I worked as corporate counsel, and this sent chills down my spine since you really had to be careful about what you said and to whom. Brilliant interpretation.

  • Novel Allen3 months ago

    oh dear, what a state of affairs. maybe she will benefit from better to come. One door closes, or in her case two doors...better ones opening up soon.

  • sleepy drafts3 months ago

    Ouuuuu, Babs, this is wonderfully done. Bravo. 💗 Thank you for writing this and entering it in the sleepy mission!!! 💗💓💗

  • Denise E Lindquist3 months ago

    Good poem and excellent storytelling Babs❤️💕

  • Gerard DiLeo3 months ago

    No good deed goes unpunished, as they say...

  • Andrea Corwin 3 months ago

    Wow! So good. And yeah Martha served but many got away with it….

  • It's all a matter of how long, because sooner or later, the truth would come out and they'd serve the time! Loved your take on the challenge!

  • Jess Boyes3 months ago

    Such great writing, Babs. Love it ❤️

  • Kodah3 months ago

    💖 Fantastic work, Babs! 💖

  • Frankie Martinelli3 months ago

    Reminiscent of lockdown in 2020, This is great work

  • Played out in real time on a daily basis. How many never get caught? I can't remember the name of the movie, but there's one where the teacher is having his class mock play the stock market. He talks freely about his own investments. But when one of his students overhears information & discovers that his teacher's stocks are about to tank & tells him, begging him to sell, the teacher responds, "I can't. Because if I did, it just means that someone else is going to lose their money." I've long loved that moment.

  • Lamar Wiggins3 months ago

    Whoa!!! Now that's some bigtime results of eavesdropping. Scandalous! Well done, babs!

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