Sunday’s Week in Reverse – 19 August 2018

Another week flew by. Work continues to be a bear, with relentless pressure from the top…must keep those shareholders happy. I don’t mind admitting that I have refreshed my resumé. Working at this current pace cannot be healthy, but I’m not sure any place else will be much different, or better. It’s part of the insanity of ‘merica, where the rich get richer and the poor die trying.

All this to say that, coupled with my dive into my ancestors this month, I am even more aware of how fleeting life is. I am growing less patient with willful ignorance and outright stupidity, less loyal to an employer who, for all their “go team” blather would replace me in a heartbeat without batting an eye…or not, and instead dole out my duties to the poor schmucks left behind to save money on payroll.

Despite all that, I am learning to live in the moment; to look for glimmers of hope and light. Does that surprise you? It shouldn’t. I am actually finding the perfect balance of zen and bad assness. It’s something I believe we need more of in these trying times.

Because I have news for you. The ugly, mean people don’t respond to kindness. They are getting meaner by the day, and we are so past the point of trying to understand why they’re so angry. They wear their anger like a badge of honor along with their red MAGA hats. If they give up their anger, what do they have? Only themselves to blame for the vile demagogues they’ve elected…but they’ll never admit it.

Nope…the best thing I can do is tolerate them, or not, I really don’t care if I offend them these days, and retreat to my corner when I need to breathe. I’m doing that more often these days and I’m thinking it’s not such a bad thing. Have a good week. I hope you take many good breaths this week. You deserve it. 😊

Sunday’s Week in ReVerse – 19 August 2018

tree strong, sure, with roots meandering deep
No one ever calls me Miss…
legacies to be recalled by generations hence
i understand
Damn full moon.
gruesome scene…they forced him in, until he burst!
a full life they all lived then to the nunnery they fled
legend has it, have you heard, so they say…
of cockles and shell shards; the sea
with no lick of lack
breaking free takes strength
forgotten? I think not! with these great monikers…
keeping an open heart
with the darkening
remembering things
live and die, no answer for the age-old question…”why?”


A ReVerse poem is a summary poem with a single line lifted from each entry of a collection of work over a particular timeframe and re-penned in chronological order as a new poem. Unlike a collaborative poem, the ReVerse features the works of one writer, providing a glimpse into their thoughts over a period time. I use it as a review of the previous week.

7 responses to “Sunday’s Week in Reverse – 19 August 2018

  • richard

    yes, toleration; a fine thing indeed. not easily acquired, however. and that’s where anger comes in to play, pushing toleration away. have a good week, Kat.

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  • Peter's pondering

    The work situation is replicated here in the UK. Always trying to save money, at the expense of those who can least afford it. Meanwhile the top men (and they are normally men!) get huge increases plus bonuses, regardless of how they perform, whilst the workers get less than inflation increases, if they get an increase at all!

    Why indeed!

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    • Kat Myrman

      What amazes me is that people here truly believe that giving huge tax breaks to the rich will somehow trickle down to them. They actually trust in the benevolent hearts of business owners…that they will reward their loyalty and hard work with a pay raise. Fools! Wages here are frozen with tiny raises that amount to a blip after taxes. Healthcare costs that continue to rise unchecked, are passed on to employees. We tell ourselves we work for the benefits, at least I do. As paltry as they are I would be in much more desperate shape without them. And so we work to scrape by with no thought of retirement, ever. Though I’ve paid into the system my entire life, the republicans want that money for their rich benefactors who keep them in power. ☹️

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  • ron877

    Didn’t redo my resume this week but closely examined income and expenses and found I don’t have to work to meet obligations. Might have to scrimp on “want to have” vs. “need to have” but can do it. Now for a period of reflection to figure out why I am working. Habit?

    And the work situation in Asia reflects your description plus extreme nepotism. Oops … not true. The CEO who cannot be named favors family ties.

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