Is It Really Such A Shame?


Oh, I care, indeed I do.
But I don’t give a fuck what happens to you.

I care only about me and you taught me well.
As far as I’m concerned, you can go to hell!

When things were looking up,
you drank from the golden cup.

But a lot has changed and all for the worse.
It’s like you’re a victim of a witch’s curse.

Look in the mirror; you’re the one to blame.
What you did unto others; you’re getting the same.

It’s no fun when the shit’s hitting your face.
The sad truth is, this needn’t have been the case.

As I look around, ‘temping’ is the new norm.
You’ll never get to fill out a real application form.

There’ll be no 401K to get you through the golden years.
At night, you’re shaking; you’ve got so many fears.

Whatever the future holds, it don’t look good.
You’ll end up dirt poor, in all likelihood.

Don’t say you didn’t see this coming, you were caught by surprise.
It’s been going on for years and you could never sympathize.

Oh, but you do now and it’s much too late.
Is it really such a shame, what is now your fate?

Written by,
Shelby I. Courtland
©2014 Shelby I. Courtland

For Americans who can’t find jobs, the booming demand for temp workers has been a path out of unemployment, but now many fear it’s a dead-end route.

With full-time work hard to find, these workers have built temping into a de facto career, minus vacation, sick days or insurance. The assignments might be temporary — a few months here, a year there — but labor economists warn that companies’ growing hunger for a workforce they can switch on and off could do permanent damage to these workers’ career trajectories and retirement plans.

“It seems to be the new norm in the working world,” said Kelly Sibla, 54. The computer systems engineer has been looking for a full-time job for four years now, but the Amherst, Ohio, resident said she has to take whatever she can find.

“I know a lot of people who are doing this temping. It seems to be the way this is going,” she said.

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I remember many years ago when I first heard about ‘temp’ jobs and I thought, “Oh shit, this ain’t good! The abject poor are going to get hit by this, especially Black people” But what was done about this when it was just beginning to come down the pike? Not a goddamn thing! Many just figured that it couldn’t and wouldn’t affect them, but now that the shit has hit the fan for those who thought they were immune, it ain’t such a distant memory any more. It’s here to stay and it’s the new way of doing business and it ain’t going nowhere! Isn’t it just fun to ignore the plight of others until the shit is all up in YOUR face? Anybody up for another heaping helping of apathy, complacency and “I just don’t give a damn until it’s impacting me, pie?” Yep, right in your face! Step right up! Next!

I did say,

Get ready for what’s coming!
Look lively there and all.
Think not of what you had,
into that gutter, won’t you crawl?

6 thoughts on “Is It Really Such A Shame?

    1. Lou, I really wish I could! But even my ‘daydreams’ are nightmares and THAT is the truth! I remember reading one of your posts about ‘Empaths’ and I was told that I am ‘too sensitive’. Well, I felt the pain of others for SO damn long and went out of my way to the point where I hurt myself trying to help and I got stomped on for my efforts and then I decided, “no more!” And this is the result. I am SO not kidding. Whatever I am ‘channeling’ now is some deep and dark shit and it just keeps on comin’ and it refuses to be kept under lock and key. I just write what comes and this is what comes.

      Sunshine and sweetness and rainbows just ain’t what’s coming. I’ll fucking try but I just don’t see ‘hope’ comin’. So sorry Lou! I really am! I know it don’t sound like it, but I really am!


  1. The investment bankers aren’t the only ones killing themselves now. In neighborhoods where people are willing to stick together and help each other out, there’s a ray of hope. But there seems to be little hope for people who are still in the competitive mode and only out for number one.


    1. Thank you for your comment Dr. Bramhall. Well, if that is the case, then if they don’t get with the program and learn that only by helping one another out, will they survive as opposed to continuing down the ‘me, me, me it’s all about me’ path, then they will fail and take the route of suicide. Yes, there are many who cannot nor will they ever accept an adverse change in their circumstances and those are the people who usually end up in the news as suicides, sad but true. They have become accustomed to a way of life and that is that and if their circumstances change for the worse, they can’t deal with it and they’d rather end it. That is why I have always said, “the higher up you are, the harder you’ll fall when the bottom drops out and their situation is in stark contrast to those who have no great distance to fall since they are already at rock bottom.”

      We should have been looking out for one another all along. If we had, maybe this mess would not be playing out as it is now. But many people are just so damn selfish and self-centered, never thinking that that shit could come back and bite ’em in the ass and in a big way, which is exactly what is happening.

      I bet that the ‘computer systems engineer’ mentioned in the above article never, ever thought that she’d see the day when she’d be glad to have a ‘temp’ job. So many people have been forced down off their high horse and they ain’t hardly liking it. Well, the writing was all over the goddamn wall for decades and was simply ignored. But it’s here now and that ignorance shit ain’t bliss! And like I’ve stated, this is the new norm and it ain’t going nowhere.

      Again, I thank you Dr. Bramhall as always for your contribution. And I truly hope that ALL is well with you!


  2. We have temps (I hate calling people that) that work with us and they’ve been working with us for years. I think it’s a damn shame that people aren’t offered jobs after proving themselves good workers. I think they keep them that way so they don’t have to pay insurance and other things.


    1. That is quite true HLJ! It is more profitable to keep them on as ‘temps’ because then, companies don’t have to pay sick time, vacation time, offer insurance, personal days, holidays, etc. And the ‘temp’ agencies make a fortune because they mostly pay the ‘temps’ the minimum wage, but the ‘temp’ agencies receive far more than the mere minimum wage they pay their ‘temps’. So, this is a win-win for business, but for the ‘temps’ not at all. Unfortunately, this is the new norm and since it is working out well for business, you can best believe, it ain’t going nowhere. People are getting screwed left and right and by the left and right. There is no one in the workers’ corner at all. They’ve effectively rendered unions all but useless and ‘temps’ certainly are in no position to form a union. Hell! They don’t even know if they’ll have a job to ‘temp’ at tomorrow, let alone for the long haul.

      How the hell are ‘temps’ supposed to try and purchase a home or buy a car? Banks don’t lend money to people who are ‘temping’ in order for them to buy a home. A landlord is gonna look cross-eyed at someone attempting to rent a place with ‘temp’ down as their employment. And who the hell is gonna sell a car to someone who has on their application, “I work for a ‘temp’ agency?” Sigh!!!! People are in deep poo poo and it’s getting deeper by the second.

      Thanks for taking the time to stop in and comment. Much appreciated, as always! And you’re right, ‘temps’ ain’t a good word for anyone!


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