Lay-off Haiku

I had to lay someone off today. It was the low-light of this year.  Here is my lay-off haiku.

  • Waterproof makeup
  • Essential for pink-slip day.
  • Sadness settles in.

While you are making up your own haiku (the best will be posted here), here are a few more lay-off haiku from http://dobraworks.com/2011/03/lost-your-job-10-haiku-for-you.html

At a staff meeting,
I was asked to stay after.
My last staff meeting.

Lost job. Not upset.
Not really the place for me.
Wish I’d dumped them first.


Food can soothe all wounds.
First food post my job loss news?
Fatty pork ramen.

When the damn breaks open,
equilibrium is sought.
I got lots of sleep.

I tried to give blood.
Panama travel stopped me.
Last paid vacation.

Was not prepared for
the strong co-worker outreach.
They made it much worse.

More time with myself.
Started cooking a lot more.
Many loaves of bread.

Got some job offers.
Pay is fine. Jobs not me.
Does “the dole” await?

I need a release.
I kept frustration inside.
Macramé perhaps?

 

 

 

 

At a staff meeting,
I was asked to stay after.
My last staff meeting.

Lost job. Not upset.
Not really the place for me.
Wish I’d dumped them first.

Food can soothe all wounds.
First food post my job loss news?
Fatty pork ramen.

When the damn breaks open,
equilibrium is sought.
I got lots of sleep.

I tried to give blood.
Panama travel stopped me.
Last paid vacation.

Was not prepared for
the strong co-worker outreach.
They made it much worse.

More time with myself.
Started cooking a lot more.
Many loaves of bread.

Got some job offers.
Pay is fine. Jobs not me.
Does “the dole” await?

I need a release.
I kept frustration inside.
Macramé perhaps?

 

 

 

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About Linda Schactler

Linda is the former Director of Communications for the Washington State Senate, and former deputy director of the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board. From 2000 through 2010 Linda was the proprietor of Schactler Communications, an Olympia-based public affairs business. She holds a master of arts in English literature from Washington University in St. Louis. Linda can be reached at her Ellensburg office schactler@cwu.edu, 509-963-1384, or on her cell phone, 509-607-4103.
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