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Automatons
by A Serviceable Villain

Friday, February 27, 2009
Rated "PG13" by the Author.
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'you get kicked upstairs'


Here come old manager

They got skeptical eye

“Do your work right”

“We’re cutting you back

to thirty-hours- no

benefits, all lies.“

 

You’re assigned a number

Much easier to get a

finger pointed at- it’s

all done in mechanical

fashion; them’s the breaks

All work together right now.

 

Show-up everyday at the same

time- a bagged production

from nine to five; no lunch

‘cause you’re on the American

Plan; do your job in a cubicle

feel the work disease.

 

When your usefulness runs out

you get kicked upstairs; to

save yourself- robotically

kiss the boss’s ass; but still

have to go through the annual

review to get your zero percent raise .

 

Roller-coaster your way for forty

five years- forget the pension or

the 401k; collect your social

security and continue to work

until you’re six-feet dead; have

the pleasure of being disassembled.

 

‘2009’ RLS

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Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 3/2/2009
Hummmm.....work ethics are an admirable quality
But...Gettin The Shaft By A Big Wig....
It Is A True Reality, and sometimes they give a nice watch (ahh-hem)
Now I hear That Song....Take This Job & Shove It....
Peace, Love & Poetry
Vickie
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 2/28/2009
When your usefulness runs out,
you get kicked upstairs

I think most of my bosses came out of your assembly line.
Reviewed by Cynthia Buhain-Baello 2/27/2009
Hi Lance,

Sadly this is so true. "When your usefulness runs out...you get kicked...to get your 0% increase." Increased workload but no increase pay, and no more "loyalty" checks awarded. The best one can get at Christmas is a company calendar. Wow.

Cynthia
Reviewed by E T Waldron 2/27/2009
A woeful word picture you paint dear Lance!
I hope you don't let the present misery make
you too defeatest...Well written...

Love,
Eileen
Reviewed by Linda Hill 2/27/2009
Lance,
I've seen many lose their jobs as of late, many factories closing down in my area. It sad. People who have worked hard for 25 to 30 yrs. are now unemployed. Many are depressed, not knowing how they'll pay the rent or buy groceries for the family. Lord help us all!

Blessings and huggs,
~Linda
Reviewed by John Flanagan 2/27/2009
Lance,
Sharp, poignant and shooting straight; again, for me, the use of language is highly significant, that fluency you engender, clipped and pointed as done fingernails but without the gloss. This is painful, real and true. Bravo!
John
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 2/27/2009
That is a sobering look at the way it is for many, Robert. Sad! Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Regis
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 2/27/2009
Looks like you've been assimilated into the Borg where resistance is futile...ed
Reviewed by George Carroll 2/27/2009
Felt like I was one of those all my life. Great insight into todays big business and the carrot you are always chasing and few ever get it.
Reviewed by 000 000 2/27/2009
Exceptional writing of the times...zero percent raise..I am due for mine next month.
No need to read between the lines on this writing!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 2/27/2009
Excellent, Robert L. Honest--sadly, you tell it like it is.
I think maybe J'nia has a good idea. -gene.
Reviewed by J'nia Fowler 2/27/2009
Oh man! ain't it true. And kissing the bosses _____ seems to be a knee-jerk reaction these days, or perhaps it has always been so. I like your picture, very appropriate as reminds me of the Borg, and becoming part of the collective, and of having no choice in the matter. I wonder what would happen if every worker in America went on strike for a week. If we caused the "machinery" to halt, would we then see who has the power? I think maybe. I think it is worth a concerted effort. Blessings, J'nia
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 2/27/2009
Great writing, Lance; well done! You never disappoint!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :D



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