A 9 to 5 can be more

Like 6 to 11 which feels

Like an eternity

Only immortality wasn’t


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 —





Makin’ change

With a dolla’ worth of word

Honin’ my craft

Not just a 9 to 5

But all day

Every day


My real job

My true callin’

My life’s work

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