1. Rhyming poetry to change your day

Rejection will not beat me!

Apply apply apply

Feels like I’m gonna die

It’s get me so very down

Every time It makes me frown

It’s over fifty applies now

One interview, negative, how?

I’m an immigrant, discriminated

I feel worthless, emasculated

Stuck in the same job, 6 years

Hier archie bringing me to tears

I’m qualified in the uk

It’s worthless here, just ok

Every email, NO, even one letter too

It all bemused me, rejection spews!

I just need one, I tell myself

I’ll even work for less, don’t care for wealth

I want my weekends, that’s all I need

Because my job refuses it, I have to pleed

They won’t give it to me, they do as they please

They want me to suffer, even if I have to bleed

I’ll do what ever I can, what ever it takes

To look after my family what ever my fate

Philip lister 10/10/17

Taken from Rhyming poetry to change your day by Philip Lister

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1. Rhyming poetry to change your day

Bossy cow!

That’s it, I’ve had enough

This job has just gotten too much

My boss is a bitch, she’s breaking my balls

Hypocritical twat that certainly knows it all

Never bloody wrong, always fucking right

Doing my head in, we do nothing but fight

She says to me I have changed and have a nasty side

This comes from a snake, venomous with pride

When ever there is work to be done

She’s in the office, sat on her bum!

If it’s not that then she’s hidden away

IPhone out, having a play

She won’t let me work, get on with it

Controlling me, moving me like a puppet

I just hope that one day I’ll stop seeing her

That day will be great, even, SUPER!


Taken from Rhyming poetry to change your day by Philip Lister

1. Rhyming poetry to change your day


Waiting is a horrible thing

What is this news gonna bring?

Is it positive? is it a yes?

Did I do what was asked of the test?

Is it negative? is it a no?

Do I drown myself into my sorrow?

This is killing me, hours and days

Walking around in my own haze

Checking my phone for a buzz or a ring

“When you going to ring you poxy thing!”

I can’t stand it, it’s getting too much

How can one response cause such a fuss

The phone rings, lights up at last

I was quick, super quick, lightning fast

I wait anxiously, saying hello

Is it good news, or just another blow?

Hello, I have spoken to them, this is the news

Thank you, I hold my breath, win or lose?

Taken from Rhyming poetry to change your day by Philip Lister


A new start

Hello all, how are you all doing?

Today is an interesting day. I have been woken up by our new kitten at 5 am for the third morning in a row. It is Monday. First day in my current job with a promotion. I am waiting to see what it entails and how the other members of staff will be with me.

I am now 38. Still English, living in france for 11 years. I am in my new job of 7 months as an outsider with experience and I am sure that the announcement today will put a few noses out of joint!

Has anybody else been in this position? I am however very eager to make the change and see what it brings. It feels so good after putting my career on pause for 11 years for the kids to learn a new language to do the accounts in another language and to learn a completely new position and to finally be noticed.

Wish me luck

happy · Life · work

Job Interview


It could all change

Life could become

Ever so strange


Can’t sleep

Can’t eat

What’s it doing to me?

I’m so stressed out

Is it to be?


That stress before

The work I put in

All that paperwork

Just to put in the bin




Do everything I can

Tell myself stay calm

Stick to the plan


It’s just a job

I know 

It doesn’t change things

That uncertainty before

All the stress it brings


I won’t tell anyone

Not even my mum

Hearing no

Never been fun


Self confidence gone

Success ratio down

All these rejects

Make me frown


Approach it calm

All you can do

Take a deep breath

Have faith in you


Do I deserve this?

Is it finally a yes

Am I gonna get it?

After this

I’m gonna be a mess


Fate is gonna come knocking

One day

You will see

When you hear that yes

Your gonna be happy


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Phil lister 08/01/18


depression · happy · Life · work

My boss – I hate you!

Boss, we’ve all got one

Many of us are under the thumb

Let’s start with all the different types

Thoughtful, kind and sometimes nice

Controlling, demanding, asking a lot

Stressful, arrogant, losing the plot

It’s us doing the hours, working all day

While your chilling out, getting your pay

What do you actually do? I’ve not had my break!

Sitting there you, chilled, you great big mistake!

Look at all the work I have done for you

Thanks guy, I’ll pass it for mine, that’s true

There is one think that I’d like to say to you….

Your an arsehole, I quit, FUCK YOU!


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