Watch me climb
See me rise
See the power
Behind my eyes
Think I’m nothing
But tits and ass
Here to serve you
Not ranking class
Know my glory
Know your loss
No longer welcome
No more the boss
I know my value
I own my fire
Try to shoot me –
I’ll just fly higher
Inspired by The Daily Post Daily Word Prompt: ascend
I wonder if there has ever been a successful fraud. I guess we’d never know, because if it is known, it was found out.
I mean, I know some scammers get away with identity theft – the internet has made it all too possible to succeed at that kind of fraud.
But the bigger, individual, public frauds. The kind that fools a nation.
It amazes me that people always think that somehow they will be the one person in history to get away with whatever it is. Despite the plethora of evidence to the contrary – people continually being caught – they decide to do it anyway.
It’s like there’s some blank spot in these people. They are not going to be found out.
Perhaps it is pure hubris.
All I know is that I have too healthy a dose of the reality of consequences to go that route. Or maybe I just don’t feel that lucky.
That’s not to say I am not a fraud.
I am fraudulent in presenting myself as if I know what I am doing on a daily basis. I appear to be a fairly sane, fairly successful, fairly confident person.
Not at all how I feel on the inside most of the time.
So in the spirit of coming clean, to not go down that path that always leads to the revelation of the lie, I hereby admit that I feel like I have no idea what am doing much of the time, feel pretty crazy often and am terrified on a daily basis and usually insecure.
There, now you know.
Inspired by The Daily Post Daily Word Prompt: fraud
I rise today,
Mark the date and time
For I am done
I wanted to work
So I appeased
To follow my dreams
I scraped my knees
If you really don’t know
Somewhere deep inside
How wrong it has been
Then why did you hide
But this is not about You
You’re just one of Too Many
Time to change the conversation
To solutions, not controversy
Inspired by The Daily Post Daily Word Prompt: tame
*I am tired of the news stories re: the Harvey Weinstein “revelations” focusing on who knew what. Why no discussion of legal ramifications? It feels so insane that we hear about these people in power abusing their authority to sexually harass women (and men) and all they get is fired? Or it becomes a business story – how will the company go on? To me, the whole point is being lost. The conversation needs to be this: why does this keep happening and how can we, as a society, take responsibility for a culture that still allows for it and is somehow even supporting and creating it? Finger-pointing to individuals misses the bigger picture. I had to say something to find some sanity in this very dismal repeating story that keeps getting lost in the stories around the story.
How do you sleep at night?
What of the lives your crimes affect?
Do they mean nothing to you?
I am a living, breathing person.
Your attempt to swindle me makes me physically sick.
Had you succeeded, I’d have lost more than money.
Dignity. Trust in basic human decency. A home. The feeling that I had some level of cyber-safety given all the measures I take.
You are slime.
I hope you are caught and punished.
I hope you are swindled out of something of true value to you so you know how it feels.
Are you even human?
Or are you just a crumb?
Inspired by The Daily Post Daily Word Prompt: crumb and a nefarious internet email hacking scam attempt on me yesterday. It was targeted and personal.
If you or someone you know has experienced an attempt at fraud, report it at the FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center.