Self-nomination

With oblique daggers
carefully sheathed in
faux leather consideration,
faces covered with
gilded masks of care,
wearing soft velvet shoes,
carrying business cases,
they prepare to cull.

People herded
into a room
with damp patches
underneath their arms,
hearts beating,
listen to words dancing
in a semantic waltz macabre
that signifies
self nomination
for the scrap heap
of a sugar coated
redundancy
where some are simply
no longer wanted…

For One Shot Wednesday Week 29

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24 thoughts on “Self-nomination

  1. This is so heartbreaking, Marousia. I could feel the tension, the distancing of the ‘executioners’, and my heart grabbed my throat.

    This is writing that touches a universal chord.

    Heartbreaking indeed.

    Lady Nyo

  2. Beautiful, heartbreaking poem. I have felt like this during most of my horrible day jobs in public relations. I loved the stunning imagery and use of language. So many striking lines.

    “With oblique daggers
    carefully sheathed in
    faux leather consideration,
    faces covered with
    gilded masks of care….”

    Or

    ….listen to words dancing
    in a semantic waltz macabre
    that signifies
    self nomination
    for the scrap heap
    of a sugar coated
    redundancy
    where some are simply
    no longer wanted…”

    all of it leading to the powerful ending that stays with you long after reading it.

    Thanks for sharing.

    George

    Thanks so much for sharing.

    George

  3. It’s absolutely gorgeous, M. Looks like that appraisal’s really got into your hair. It’ll pass, now that you’ve vented.

  4. Dark, image intensive purging – first of the crowd of purgers, then of those about to be purged. Callous, cold – a fine capture of the faceless, seemingly cruel world of business. What a joy of a herd for me now to be entering into…

  5. You have a way with words ~ a sense of pigment, dot and grace, lashed and lace. Lovely to visit you and look forward to reading more of your poetic sensibilities.

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