the journey of a budding author




I lost my job today

And no-one cares

They shrug and turn away

With smug indifference.

You’ll get over it, they neigh

Accept your Voluntary Severance,

You know there’s nothing left called


It’s nothing personal, they say

Just Good Business Sense, they say.

As if Negotiated Departure

Is for the Greater Common Good

And the thought of it should warm me

In the dark night of my melancholy


Author: booksdefineme

I have always been surrounded by books. My parents had books, books and more books. I haunted the library as a child and when I grew up I worked in books shops. When I had children and they went to school I ran the school library. And my husband keeps on telling me there are too many books in the house. They somehow seem to pile up on every available surface almost of their own volition. I fight back and donate mounds of them to the local library but somehow it is a losing battle. I just find more taking their place! For the last eight years or so I have been wrestling with writing a novel and what a fierce tussle it is. I am about to publish this magnum opus in a few weeks time. I feel as I did when I gave birth to my children; nervous but excited!

3 thoughts on “Retrenchment

  1. You already turned it into a poem, and a good one at that … it might be the way, and with the way comes a reason.
    Best Wishes,

    • Thank you Daniela for your kind thoughts! I wrote this some years ago, Inspired I guess by my husband who was retrenched at the time. I think writing must come from emotion otherwise it falls flat!

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