The Thanks You Get

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Poetry  |  House: Booksie Classic
Another person close to me has been made redundant.

Submitted: June 06, 2017

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Submitted: June 06, 2017



I've been here eighteen years

And to show their appreciation

They call me to a meeting

To explain the situation.


They tell of restructuring

The company as a whole

And how they're oh so sorry

But I do not have a role.


All the years I've worked here

Done all they asked and more

And now the suits in charge

Are showing me the door.


They say they know it’s a shock

They understand, they really do.

Talk's so cheap it's worthless

When it's happening to you.


The manager says thanks for everything

And holds out his hand

I stare back in defiance

Shake my head and go to stand.


Take as long as your need

Say farewell, clear your desk

They've taken everything else

I'm keeping my self respect


They repeat their words of pity

They wish they could do more

It doesn’t help one little bit

As I’m being shown the door.


I am not angry and cynical

It’s just the lesson I’ve learned

Ignore the praise and the pat on the back

Or you’ll get your fingers burnt.


If you're there working away

Dedicated to your team

Don't forget you're just like me

A cog in their machine.


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