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Topic: Employment (01/26/12)
TITLE: The Pink Slip
By Terry R A Eissfeldt
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Persistent, irrevocable, like a dog with a bone.
I don’t give up until the job is done.
Can you imagine my horror and shock
when I was given the pink slip?
The pink slip...
Notice that my services are no longer required.
Yet, I was born for this job.
No one in all the universe
is as capable, or willing,
to do the job.
My father led the most successful campaign
against the establishment.
By his very act my mother was born
and then she gave birth to me...*
No, not the best pedigree, I admit,
But still the exact formula
needed to create
the perfect entity
for the job.
I guess you could describe me as
the clean up man:
I finish what my parents start
And I thought I had finished the job
where this man was concerned.
I had him in my grip!
I finished him off like all the rest.
When he first showed up,
“I’m the Man”
I knew he had to go.
My parents recognized him.
“Yes, finally,” they gleefully announced,
"the boss’s son is here.”
They told me to keep him in my sights.
I followed him around for a while
and then I teased a few weaklings
to join in the game
And when the time was right...
Man, you should have been at the party!
It lasted two whole days.
I was the toast of the town.
My parents were so proud.
But then the sun rose on the third day.
came striding over to me
To me! The Finisher!
He told me my days were numbered.
My parents just sat there
Apparently, they already knew
their days were numbered.
They thought that if I finished
him off somehow we’d all be free.
We were all shocked
when he took the keys away
from the old man.
And he looked so smug
when he gave me the
But when I looked at it
I didn’t see pink
I saw red.
I can’t believe
he fired me...
*according to Milton’s Paradise Lost Death is the result of Lucifer giving birth to Sin then joining with her to create Death.
“...there will no longer be any death.”
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