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Poetically Yours Ep. 11 - Attorney Shows Her Humorous Side

Photo provided by Susan Goldberg.

Welcome to WNIJ's Poetically Yours. Poetically Yours showcases poems by northern Illinois poets. Today's poem is by Rockford Writers' Guild member, Susan Goldberg.

Goldberg has been an attorney since 1990, and is Managing Attorney for UAW Legal Services in Belvidere, Illinois. She writes for the Illinois State Bar Association and for LexisNexis. Goldberg is married to Dan Goldberg and has three adult children. The best advice she’s ever received was to read aloud to her children.

Her poem "Boss's Day Blues" pokes fun at the holiday.

Boss’s Day Blues                               

Isn’t it great that we all celebrate

The good fortune of having a boss?

So just to remind you,

Wherever life finds you,

It’s your boss who decrees what you do.

Just in case you forgot,

On this day you will not                    

Be without an occasion for lunch.

For you and your crew

Will scrape together and pool

All your pennies,

And all go in a bunch

To some tiny café

Or a food truck—hooray!

To dine with the boss side by side,

As all workers sit glumly

And the boss chuckles humbly,

You’ve all spent your year’s bonus all at once.

So, vow next year a change—

Do try to arrange to make Boss’s Day

An extra-special one…

Act now—do not tarry—

Fast as feet can you carry,

And request that you have that day off!

  • Yvonne Boose is a 2020 corps member for Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. It's a national service program that places talented journalists in local newsrooms like WNIJ. You can learn more about Report for America at wnij.org.

Yvonne covers artistic, cultural, and spiritual expressions in the COVID-19 era. This could include how members of community cultural groups are finding creative and innovative ways to enrich their personal lives through these expressions individually and within the context of their larger communities. Boose is a recent graduate of the Illinois Media School and returns to journalism after a career in the corporate world.