Erin Belieu

(1967 - / Ohama / Nebraska)

From On Being Fired Again - Poem by Erin Belieu

I've known the pleasures of being
fired at least eleven times—

most notably by Larry who found my snood
unsuitable, another time by Jack,
whom I was sleeping with. Poor attitude,
tardiness, a contagious lack
of team spirit; I have been unmotivated

squirting perfume onto little cards,
while stocking salad bars, when stripping
covers from romance novels, their heroines
slaving on the chain gang of obsessive love—

and always the same hard candy
of shame dissolving in my throat;

handing in my apron, returning the cash-
register key. And yet, how fine it feels,
the perversity of freedom which never signs
a rent check or explains anything to one's family...


Comments about From On Being Fired Again by Erin Belieu

  • Ramesh Rai Ramesh Rai (2/28/2015 3:16:00 AM)


    Its resonance is free from all perversity. (Report) Reply

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  • Surajit Banerjee (5/8/2014 6:37:00 AM)


    I enjoyed the quip and skill in portaying the mood of one who reads it. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee Jasbir Chatterjee (5/8/2014 12:34:00 AM)


    really liked this poem...I could identify with it completely... (Report) Reply

  • Michelle Claus Michelle Claus (5/7/2014 10:59:00 PM)


    As for the freedom, I comprehend. (Report) Reply

  • Carlos Echeverria (5/7/2014 10:44:00 AM)


    Reads like a female Bukowski. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu Babatunde Aremu (5/7/2014 2:17:00 AM)


    Great use of imagery. i like it. Keep on writing (Report) Reply

  • Gajanan Mishra Gajanan Mishra (5/7/2013 5:22:00 AM)


    what a poem really! I enjoyed it within. thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Burns (5/9/2012 12:18:00 PM)


    My, my, how you did swim aganst the TIDE. Did it make you tougher or wiser, or both. My vote is both!
    Robert Burns, Portland, Oregon (Report) Reply

  • Walterrean Salley (5/8/2012 4:13:00 AM)


    You certainly took it very well. Sounds like you bear a lot of the blame? ? ? However, glad you made it through. A thought provoking little poem. (Report) Reply

  • June Walker June Walker (5/8/2012 1:46:00 AM)


    Love the humour in this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Jasbir Chatterjee Jasbir Chatterjee (5/8/2012 12:22:00 AM)


    Hi Erin! I like your happy-go-lucky attitude towards being fired... (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Patrick (5/7/2012 7:40:00 PM)


    It certainly has lots of mischievous charm that’s embellished by its pervasive anguish that hangs in all the illusions being used. I will admit that your use of language in the lest section, I think I know what your suggesting, but it seems like it could be something else. This confusion really makes it the most fun to read. (Report) Reply

  • Abhilasha Singh Abhilasha Singh (5/7/2012 6:41:00 AM)


    The way you ended the poem is purely brilliant! :) (Report) Reply

  • Manonton Dalan (5/7/2012 4:01:00 AM)


    i wonder how a fired ceo writes his/her views? this poem
    is so close to reality... i think. (Report) Reply

  • Hebert Logerie Sr. Hebert Logerie Sr. (7/25/2009 8:17:00 PM)


    I like this poem for its unusualness! (Report) Reply

  • M.S. Latter (1/31/2006 9:52:00 AM)


    A thoughtful poem on a rarely addressed subject. I particularly like the 'hard candy
    of shame dissolving in my throat' (sweet and bitter at once?) and the poem ending.
    Well done,
    Martin (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003



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