She’s The Boss


She’s The Boss

time after time

she hired to be helpful

gives work to people

who needed the work

then who became restless   argumentative

instead of obedient   grateful

after a few weeks or even days

of her supervision

she asks

why can’t people do what

she hired them to do

all she wants is to be helpful

to give them a break

and they turn on her

time after time it doesn’t work out

it breaks her heart

to fire them

frustrates her when she has to let them go

wondering why

time after time

it never works out


when I suggest

she hire people who are looking

for the jobs she offers

who aren’t friends in need of rescue


people actually trained

to go what she wants done

then let them to do it

she says she’s too compassionate

can’t stop mixing social service

with getting good employees

she wants to help

but in the long run

she wants control

wants things done exactly

the way

she’d do


only she’d never hire someone

who is as bossy as she is

28blackchair04When I ran my theatre company (Bushwack Theatre) I had no real money so I ended up doing many things myself. I tried the ‘do this for exposure, experience’ gambit with others a few times but it felt unfair to everyone. I learned many things quickly about page layout for posters, about set construction & design, even lighting & sound design. 28blackchair03Even when I found people willing & happy to do those things I wasn’t always satisfied with the results – I wanted things my way – I learned to let go of that just to have time to enjoy other things. If it was good enough, but not perfect, it was good enough. That’s the way of the volunteer world. But when I paid for work to be done I wasn’t so laid back.

This piece comes some from that experience – giving friends a chance to perform as a favour to them & being forced to tell them they weren’t up to it or seeing production suffer as they struggled. I hadn’t done either of us, or the audience a favour.28brownchair02It also comes from a real life situation with a friend who owns a real business & pays people real money & expects real results. She is frequently disappointed in those results. Usually for the reasons stated in the piece. Expectation dictates what these people sometimes can’t deliver. But it’s not my business, it’s not my pocket book involved so I can step back to be a bit more objective.

I amused by the paradox of people who want to be helpful but only if those in need of the help are obedient, beholden & of course deeply grateful. If you hire someone to do a job they aren’t skilled at & you know that when you hire them don’t act all surprised & disappointed. 28brownchair01

Now this piece doesn’t exactly fulfill the letter of the law but that isn’t the intent of these poems – a prompt is meant to trigger a train of thought that, in this series, often goes way off track. I’m not bossy enough to force it back on track 🙂soon

on going 🙂 when new podcast are posted:  Disability after Dark  iTunes

October  6 – Thursday Toronto, 7:30 pm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.hotoct

November 1 – 30 Participating NaNoWriMo


December – Thursday Dec 1st – Toronto, 8 pm, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, 12 Alexander St.divine


Early 2017:

my first local feature in over a year: location date TBA

it came in

April season 3 FINALS – Friday April 15th Buddies in Bad Times – early show – 7pm startgames

June 2-4: attending: Capturing Fire 2017 –


check out these poets from Capturing Fire 2015:


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