watch your words

My boss pulled me to one side
to talk about some things
she had overheard.
She wanted me to know that
she was there if I needed to talk
about anything;
work or otherwise.
She tells me that
I need to be careful
who I say things in front of
because she’s concerned
I might upset people
and she doesn’t want me to get in trouble.
I try and bite my tongue
but every morning when my colleagues ask
“how are you today, Less?”
my mouth fills with acid
and I want to claw my throat out
because I don’t know how to answer
while staying in my authority
to not tell anyone what’s going on.

family values

If there is one trait
I inherited from my mother,
it is my stubbornness.
Once I decide on something,
it is incredibly difficult
to talk me out of it.
More often than not,
I know full well
that I am being stupid
and I’m only going through with it
because I enjoy
people being concerned,
seeing as it is
a new concept to me.

If there is one trait
I inherited from my father,
it is my work ethic.
But is making my employer happy
worth it
when I do nothing
but disappoint and frustrate
my friends?