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I wasn't working becuase of physical illness not laziness or qualification/education problems and didn't like being treated like a welfare recipient.

TWC


I am not a number
Don't treat me average or less than
You wouldn't like it if
someone did it to you....

We are people too
with problems and families and feelings.
So soon you forget
you were once like me
and how it felt to be in need.

So defensive you are
so judgemental in how you speak
does it ever cross your mind
you could be talking down to
someone who could be
smarter than you,
or your equal at least.

The slide stays the same
she never asks us what we need
or where we are in our work search.

It is just assumed that none of us
have done anything
so we all
have to listen
to everything.

And my condition has me so irritable
and aggravated that I have no patience
to sit through chatter and assumption.

I find I have little tolerance
any longer for being
lumped in to a group
where i am not the same.
Who do you really see
when you look at me.

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Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.

Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997) U.S. poet.

Tempestlady’s Poems (61)

Title Comments
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OBSERVATIONS OF LIFESTYLES 0
Over and over and over and over again...., 0
Goodbye Baby 0
FAITH 0
TWC 0
"Every thought she had i heard from accross the room" 0
LATINA NURTURING 0
ROBIN WILLIAMS 0
ACCEPTANCE 0
LOVE AND SEX 0
Say What? 0
Some Days.... 0
Yellow Butterflies 4
Flames and Tears 6
Swans at the park 10
In the dugout 10
I never heard your voice..... 5
Talk to Me 2
The Wind of Death 7
WHAT TO DO.... 3
Futility 4
illusions 15
Innocent Love 17
Tranquility 15
Understanding 14
Mr. O. D. Fisher 9
Graywollff200
1 got Swine Flu
3
Buzz 4499 4
Attraction 11
"Smokin stems on a Saturday" 5
"Polar Bear evolution" 7
UNLAWFUL CARNAL KNOWLEDGE-RES
ULTS
20
I was created... 14
Stuck in a loop 20
BRYAN & DEE FAHRIG 11
ONE LAST DANCE.... 25
DE'JAVUE 15
Jake's Haiku Collection 7
"That Feeling" 5
To have it all... 4
"A Touch Too Much" 8
"Coping Mechanisms" 6
"Our Trucker" 9
Emotions in a lovelife 4
IT AINT NOTHING BUT A THING! 6
My flirting friend.. 12
Love from a distance 20
Kindred Spirits 19
My Lucky One 7
"Sweet Dreams" 8
The art of love 7
A Tone of the voice 4
The leader 7
"SWEET BABY JAMES" 3
"Rocka bye baby" 3
The Bobcat 7
"Cookies" 7
The Drought 6
Anne on my mind...... 7
Balanced Translocation (or dream babies) 9
Southside Cinderella 19