Hello everyone and a warm welcome to PART 6) of the entries for my weekly: “Fiction in A Flash Challenge 2021. ” Week #39. Today I’m featuring a contribution from Roberta Eaton Cheadle
Last week I set the following Challenge:
Hello everyone and welcome to my new “Fiction in A Flash Challenge!” Each week I’ll be featuring an image and inviting you to write a Flash Fiction or Non-Fiction piece inspired by that image in any format and genre of your choosing. Maximum word count: 750 words.
Here is the image prompt and Roberta’s HAIBUN Contribution.
Lifting her eyes, she gazed out of the window at the garden. The sun shone, flowers bloomed, and birds sang. The cycle of life continued all around her as she sat there, struggling to work on this lovely afternoon.
This pandemic’s a strange situation, she thought.
Some people have been pulled into a cycle of endless work, trying to save businesses from demise through capital and debt raisings. Others sit at home, on furlough or unemployed, wishing they were at work.
Over the past year, her work deadlines had become shorter and shorter, as businesses struggled for survival in a locked down world. They needed their cash or debt lifelines yesterday and that put huge pressure on finance and corporate finance employees to deliver.
All respect for working hours had disappeared. Her team had been working twelve to fourteen hour days for months, and some ended up working through the night a few times a week. They’d worked every weekend for eight weeks in a row. There were no breaks between Zoom meetings which were set up back-to-back all day long. Exercise, coffee and lunch breaks, and even late evening relaxation had been dispensed with. An expectation of availability at all hours of the day and night was the new normal.
After all, if you are stuck at home all day and night, why shouldn’t you work all the time? It’s not like you have anything else to do.
Everyone focused on the frontline workers and gave them accolades, which they did undoubtedly deserve. But few people even knew about the millions of people working tirelessly to save the economy and prevent a complete implosion of our modern lifestyles.
How long can we continue like this, on a Ferris wheel of anxiety, going round and round in a static setting?
Her life is spinning
Highs and lows like a Ferris wheel
Are achieved daily.
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