Didn’t you get the memo? What ails you?
Let it sit next to you. Show it your shiny star,
Your pens, your books, your coworkers,
Your weak day, let it sit in your seat.

Let it chew on your shoes.
Show it your bruises.
Let it come to your meetings.
Let it in on your feelings.

Did you get the memo?
Why can’t you just learn to let go?
Bring it to your work, leave it at home.
It follows you.
So loyal, bring it to the breakroom.

Show it the water cooler, your window,
The clock, the phone.
Let it sit down next to you.

From nine to five,
Let it in.

And then bring it back home again.


Jason Wright is the editor and founder of Oddball Magazine. His column appears weekly. His new book is Train of Thought.