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Aug 2016
“Maybe if you wrote
like a cop when you’re
putting in service notes,
you wouldn’t waste
so much time.”
I’m told.

Maybe that’s right,
but it feels wrong
not to invest some
of what I’m good at
into these people’s

I’m good at telling stories.

And, I do tell their stories,
replacing words like ‘said’
and ‘told’ with dryer lint
like ‘stated’ or ‘observed’.

Regardless, an investment
is made, a story is told;
most days there’s not
enough story left for me.

Maybe, if I gave less
than a *******,
I’d have some *******
left for my own stories,
but the notebooks lay
my skull’s usual roar is

That silence deafens, depresses.
But, I care enough about the story in the
service notes to give more
a *******.


©P&ZPublications; 2016
A "social worker" poem.
JB Claywell
Written by
JB Claywell  45/M/Missouri
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