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Workin’

A 9 to 5 can be more

Like 6 to 11 which feels

Like an eternity

Only immortality wasn’t

Achieved,

Quite the opposite

Death lurkin’ closer

Physically beaten

Mentally drained

Emotionally shaken

Daddy said, “work to live,

Don’t live to work”

And I took it to heart

But my heart

Ain’t in the work, rather

It’s in da livin’

Soul deep

Heart driven

Body cravin’

The passion needed

No, burnin’

For what I wanna do —

Thi

Writin’

Communicatin’

Affectuatin’

Makin’ change

With a dolla’ worth of word

Honin’ my craft

Not just a 9 to 5

But all day

Every day

Workin’

My real job

My true callin’

My life’s work

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