Incompetent

by Brenda   Jun 4, 2017


in-com-pe-tent - adjective
"Not having or showing the necessary skills to do something successfully" Webster's Dictionary

Yeah, so that word
was used,
about me,
to me,
by a higher up,
at a job
I have toiled at
for nigh twenty years...
Not gonna lie,
that s**t hurt,
it cut deep.
Every time it pings
around the obviously
vacuous space
between my ears,
it re-opens every
misstep,
every bad decision
I ever made...
Being called that
opened up a vat of acid
that hasn't corroded
my insides
for many years...
One word,
spewed out,
tore through my armor,
decimating the fragile
ecosystem within...
I thought I was
stronger.
I thought I was past
that.
I thought...
I thought...
I really was bullet
proof....

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  • 2 months ago

    by Melanie Gutierrez

    Curious read and well done!

    • 2 months ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you so much!

  • 2 years ago

    by Robin Carretti

    I love it told the way it is great.

    • 2 years ago

      by Brenda

      Robin, thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment-

  • 2 years ago

    by Sai

    I read this a couple of days ago and couldn't quite comment. I don't really have much to say but just wanted to let you know that this stuck with me.

    • 2 years ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you-I needed to somehow wrap my head around the fact I was called that. Out spewed this-

  • 2 years ago

    by deeplydesturbed

    Brenda,
    What a lovely lilttle piece. I love the layout and that ending! God dont we all think that at least once?!

    I am glad this was nominated!!

    • 2 years ago

      by Brenda

      Nams, thank you, I definitely think we do, just don't want to be called it to my face.

  • 2 years ago

    by Lvi

    Brenda, some people can never find you enough no matter what you do.
    The problem lies with that person and not you.
    But yes one small thing can unfurl all your bitter memories.

    Nonetheless, a great write. The word choice and the short sentences added to the mood of the piece.

    Take care :)

    • 2 years ago

      by Brenda

      Thank you Lvi, I appreciate your kind words. Yes, he really is lacking people skills. Unfortunately he's the GM so he thinks he can talk to people like this.

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