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  • Debbie Dougherty

Your Workplace is Scary, and not Just on Halloween Night


Person's head colored in blue with green goo.
Your workplace is scary. Picture by Freya Clark

It is Halloween, my friends, and the ghouls are about,

the children are dressed up and the treats are all out.

You sit by your front door, handing out little treats,

wishing that if only your workplace was so sweet.


It really is.

And not only on Halloween, but on every day in between.


First is your boss, a frightening fellow, who bellows at your coworkers and bullies your friends.

You keep your mouth shut, hoping he won’t see

the terror that always provokes his glee.


Your workplace is scary.

It really is.

And not only on Halloween, but on every day in between.


Next is the grim reaper, a nebulous guy, who hangs over your workplace, ready with his scythe.

Your friends have been cut,

Victims of fear

Worries that the organization won’t survive the next year.


Your workplace is scary.

It really is.

And not only on Halloween, but on every day in between.


The ghosts are all out, but nobody sees, the guy with his hand slipping up your knee.

You tell your boss. You tell the H.R.


Your workplace is scary.

It really is.

And not only on Halloween, but on every day in between.


So you scream and you scream

but your scream is on silent

You look like a pumpkin that has been carved with a grin.


When your workplace is fearful

When there are bad people galore


Respect is restored, when we say more than its name.


Your workplace is scary

I know that it is

But maybe tomorrow will bring a new way


So hand out the candy and enjoy the night


Debbie S. Dougherty is a professor, author, consultant, farmer, and occasionally a poet of questionable merit.


Freya Clark is a gifted child artist who raises rabbits and plays sports.


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Michael Kramer
Michael Kramer
Nov 10, 2023

There's a poet insider you wanting to get out more often.

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