Less Painful, Sort Of

I see myself working
in IT fixing computers
installing applications
training people on
newly implemented programs.

It didn’t happen quite that way
because I chose a route less painful.

Hand-picked by the IT director
to be his assistant,
one roadblock propped up
after another until the
biggest blow of all,
some number cruncher
eliminated the position.

It was a singular opportunity
we both still wanted me
so I learned on the job
trained in courses when I could,
to help sort of unofficially.

But none of that
would have been in my way
had I made the bold choice
to conquer calculus
and major in computer science.

I’m reminded of the choice I didn’t make
whenever I think of switching occupations.

© 2010 Shari Lynne Smothers

This poem is for the napowrimo prompt #11, The thing you didn’t choose. Visit the post to see the details of this prompt.

About Shari Smothers

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