Work Poem

Workplace Performance

In the late twentieth century several business organizations observed that manufacturing plants enjoyed higher productivity and fewer quality problems on Tuesdays, after workers had “recovered” from weekend leisure activities.

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© more by Richard Allen Taylor

Published by Family Friend Poems June 2020 with permission of the author.


is grossly underrated, glad to be here, eager to get going.
Unlike Monday, it doesn't care that the weekend is over

or that it was not designated a national holiday.
Tuesday is morning news and handy tool, the good dog

that comes when you call, the horse saddled
and ready to ride. It's different from Wednesday,

which wants to be Friday, or Thursday, already dreaming
about the weekend. It's the second pot of coffee,

fresher than the first, the ball already rolling.  It's not at all
like Friday, watching the clock, making dinner reservations.

Tuesday is about direction, not destination, about dreams,
not history, about going somewhere, not arriving. You seldom

find Tuesday hanging out in bars, unless it's on a business trip
and has nothing better to do.  If it stays out late, it knows

Wednesday will complain. Tuesday is a go-getter, a rip-roarer,
the kind of day everyone wants on their team.  It almost never

gets invited to weddings or parties (except Mardi Gras) but more
than its share of funerals and insurance seminars. Tuesday works

more but has less time off than almost any other day. Even when
it goes on vacation, its has to tag along with Saturday

and Sunday and the rest of the family, who have already planned
the trip and scheduled the activities, usually without asking for

Tuesday's opinion. Tuesday is bells ringing, whistles blowing,
the fire engine leaving the station, not the most popular

day of the week, but the kind you might pick
as a business partner, the day most likely to succeed.

(This poem first appeared in Powhatan Review and subsequently in the author’s chapbook, Something to Read on the Plane, published in 2004 by Main Street Rag Publishing Company.)


RICHARD ALLEN TAYLOR (Charlotte, NC) is the author of three published poetry collections, all from Main Street Rag Publishing Company: Armed and Luminous (2016), Punching Through the Egg of Space (2010) and Something to Read on the Plane (chapbook, 2004). His poems, articles and reviews have appeared in Rattle, Comstock Review, The Pedestal, Iodine Poetry Journal, Wild Goose Poetry Review,, and Asheville Poetry Review, among others. Taylor co-founded and for several years co-edited Kakalak, a poetry and art journal featuring the work of North and South Carolina artists and poets; and served as Review Editor for The Main Street Rag (2013 – 2019). After retiring from his forty-four-year business career, Taylor earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte in 2015.


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