Monday, April 7, 2014

F is for Famine

I forge on with this drabble-thon and the letter F!


This place is a wasteland.  It’s the type of environment that makes your brain shut down just to get you through the day.

There are worse places, of course.  I have food.  Shelter.  Money.  My physical needs are met thanks to this soul crushing machine that I call a job.

The desk reeks of disinfectant.  The computer screen glares harshly back at me.  My chair wobbles, keeping me off balance.  The data I have to input into the system is utterly unremarkable.  All the figures look the same.

There is a famine of ideas.  Of inspiration.  I desperately crave imagination.


  1. Thankfully, I've never been in that situation, since you capture it very well and it makes me depressed.
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  2. It's amazing how you can pack so much power into so few words!

  3. Interesting interpretation of Famine. Love that your posts are all bite-sized :) Happy A to Zing!
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  4. I like your choice of topic and how you interpreted it. Very different from the way most people would go. I'm glad I don't have a job like that.
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  5. Ah, cubicle land. It takes a powerful life outside to keep going back in there and not completely lose yourself within a year. Like others said, I like your more metaphorical approach to what is "famine."

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  6. Data entry can indeed strip your mind of ideas, giving rise to the image of famine. Haven't done that in a while, but the experience is easy enough to recall, especially thanks to your apt description. Thanks.

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  7. This post is a mirror of our weather here today (VA)...overcast, gray, and rainy out :( I hope something unexpectedly exciting happens for you today to get you out of those cubicle blues!

  8. Nice interpretation. I've been there, I worked as an assistant telemarketer for a summer. I hated it.

  9. Beautifully written and perfectly personifies how I feel sometimes!

  10. Great metaphor. What a beautiful way to relay a message. I just joined as follower to your blog through the great and wonderful A to Z!

  11. Man do I ever know this kind of famine!

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  12. The Apocalypse and one of the I right? We all are starving..........

  13. You are so creative! I like this one too!

  14. Wonderfully written....I can picture myself sitting there, going through the same thoughts.

    Donna B. McNicol
    A to Z Participant

  15. I guess there are a lot of different kinds of famine.

  16. I love this post, and completely understand it. It took me years of soul crushing pain to get to the point where I could quit my day job!

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