The State Worker

Chronicling civil-service life for California state workers

July 23, 2009
State worker writes poem about work stress, Schwarzenegger

A state worker, whose name we'll not reveal at his request, has sent us a PDF of a poem that he says he wrote to represent "the way most of us feel." Here are a few lines from "State Reject," and a link to the entire poem:

This lump in my throat
makes me choke

Violent eruption eminent
from this dull ache in my head
days on end I lay in the bed ...

...He hangs out with stars
smokes his cigars
threatens everyday to take it away

Wish he could walk a mile in my shoes
have to sleep with my din
and the pain of his sin!

Click here to read the entire poem.

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