What is a list poem? This poetry style collects a list of people, places, things, ideas, or even words strung together somewhere within a poem to form a list. It is not necessary for the list to rhythm, but the words used should be memorable. I find the freedom when creating a list poem fascinating. The wordplay can be wild and free similar to Indiana weather in the early spring. Therefore, in March, I plan to write a series of list poems. I will title this one Job Search.
Search all the online employment sources
Find something That sounds interesting
A way to mark off some time
Dust off my rusty resume
Since I haven’t looked at it for twenty years
Plot out ways to make myself sound skilled
Then you I was back in the day
When I first developed the lousy resume
List my name
Worthless college degree
(It really wasn’t worth the paper it was printed on)
My unique skills set
The stuff I learned I shouldn’t talk about
Like office politics
And job burn out
And undeveloped potential
List your strengths
My frustration with computers and IT updates
That always caused issues
It’s recommended to sound well rounded
A person should list hobbies
Like my quirky habit of writing poetry
Short stories when you I have the time
The salary I expect
Needs to be more then I was making
Because of all my experience
That will price me out of the job market
A woman without a bubble personality
Past the age of being considered cute
And with a proclivity that don’t lean toward bossy
Will never get paid what she is worth
I hesitate before I press send
On second thoughts
Why would you want to end my retirement?
And deal with all the headaches and problems
I need to learn how to be at ease
As an elderly lady of leisure
Who is Molly Shea?
Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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