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Won’t Back Down

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Won’t Back Down


In the face of inequality,

Standing firm to confront –

To fight the dichotomy

Unexpectedly, quite blunt.


Words spoken, the boss sneers,

“She’s fast at productivity,

Can’t you act more like your peers?”

Words spoke, cease my activity.


Dropping my work, I turn around

The woman I see, hurt too much to bear.

Boss praising me, still won’t back down,

“Never again, will you use me to compare.”


Glares in her direction,

His smirk now fading.

Upon closer inspection,

The lady is ailing.


© Susan Reed


Did you know today is Blog Action Day? Join bloggers from around the world and write a post about what inequality means to you. Have you ever encountered it in your daily life?

This one particular instance is one that I still remember when I worked at a grocery store in the dairy department. I was in the process of running the dairy department by myself and the other lady had the task of running frozen. She was rather ill that night and the manager hadn’t noticed – and brought her over to me when she couldn’t complete her work – to show her that it was possible to get the freight completed. I felt it wrong, of course.

You never know what someone else is going through and I try not to judge. I don’t like being compared against others – good or bad. It simply doesn’t sit right with me.

Unequal Terms



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