Sunday Scribblings – COVERT

This Sunday Scribblings word is COVERT. After considering a possible job opportunity yesterday, I felt it was disguised as something good, but at an impossibly high cost to me. I left the corporate world behind for good reason, damnit.


the “good thing” is a wrench
in the workings of a harmonious life
after panic comes the challenge
a dare to my shallow self

I can do this.

devoid of passion
playing a part
like wearing a heavy woollen coat
smothering every other

I should do this.

accepted for shallow reasons
another’s bragging rights
ego strokes of my own
promise of security

I can do this.

vivid memories of stress
consuming worry
false smiles and handshakes
with those deplorable

I should do this.

my transformation
my reemergence
my tender newfound spirit
now at perilous risk

Should I do this?

corporate prison sentence
disguised as opportunity
a test of my conviction
to my truest self

I cannot do this.



  1. May 30, 2009 at 1:01 pm

    i m seriously IMPRESSSSSSSED 😀


    chk mine too!

  2. Als Simmons said,

    May 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    ahhhh… you made your stand… not being part of anyone’s agenda

  3. irenet said,

    May 30, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    ‘Corporate prison sentence’ struck a chord and the progression from ‘I can do this’ to ‘I cannot do this’ says it well.

  4. Tumblewords said,

    May 30, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Oh, I hear this! Nice work…

  5. Retromus-ik said,

    May 30, 2009 at 8:24 pm

    Nice piece! I like how you separated your quatrains with whether you should or should’nt do this, and that you stood firm at the end. Good luck on the job search; hopefully you’ll find something that you’ll truly enjoy!
    Thanks for popping by;)

  6. dana said,

    May 30, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    I love how the process of writing can seriously help uncover the answer we may be looking for….
    beautiful flow to the poem….. I like the description of the tug and pulling conflict….

    ps. job searching is my own job of late….that and working as a career counsellor! bon chance on your end.

  7. May 31, 2009 at 8:04 am

    This was absolutely great, Meg!

    I love how you structured your stanzas.

    Keep up the great work. 🙂

  8. Shari said,

    May 31, 2009 at 9:50 am

    Hey Meg, thanks for reading my piece. I really admire all of you who write poetry, it takes creativity to a whole new level. Your piece really hit home for me – I managed to break out of a corporate prison. (Now, as a job-hunter, I’m looking to get back in!!)

  9. ThomG said,

    May 31, 2009 at 2:30 pm

    Too many of us don’t have the courage to say, “I cannot do this.” Well done.

    Mothers in Arms

  10. Andy said,

    May 31, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    Yeah, I like the thought process here, and I love the last stanza and the bottom line!

  11. Old Grizz said,

    May 31, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    Very nicely written. I loved it. If you haven’t read “The Journey” by Mary Oliver, I suggest you look it up. It’s a great poem and yours reminded me of that. Nice writing.

  12. Seth said,

    June 1, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    Wow, nicely done. Chilling and inspiring at the same time!

  13. Nairobi said,

    June 2, 2009 at 3:57 am

    corporate prison sentence
    disguised as opportunity
    a test of my conviction
    to my truest self

    Very true lines…
    Being part of the corporate world myself,i can understand your frustration.It kills a part of u everyday.

    here’s mine:

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