Poem: I’m Tired (Author Anonymous)


I know that we’ve all felt this way before. I found this poem – in of all places – in a pile of stuff to be thrown out. When you read it, it makes a lot of sense as to why we are tired.

I’m Tired…

YES, I’m tired. For several years I’ve been blaming it on middle-age,iron poor blood, lack of vitamins, air pollution, saccharin, obesity, dieting, under-arm odor, yellow waxy buildup, and other maladies.

But now I find out it ain’t that. I’m tired because I am overworked. Here’s why:

The population of this country is 200 million.

Eighty-four million are retired. That leaves 116 million to do the work.

There 75 million in school, which leaves 41 million to do the work. Of this total, there are 22 million employed by the government. That leaves 19 million to do the work.

Four million are in the Armed Forces, which leaves 15 million to do the work. Take from that total the 14,800,000 people who work for the state and city governments and that leaves 200,000 to do the work.

There are 188,000 in hospitals, so that leave 12,000 to do the work.

Now, there are 11,998 people in prisons. That leave just two people to do the work. You and me. And you’re sitting there reading this.

No wonder I’m tired.

 

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