FTSF – After a Hard Day’s Work

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After a hard day’s work, there is more.

Years of days have been spent

at work…





physical and emotional.

After a hard day’s work, there is more.

Years of after works are spent

at another job

more education,





the things required

to sustain or progress.

After a hard day’s work, there is more.

The work of being

a wife




After a hard day’s work, realization.

After a hard day’s work, there is more…


This has been a Finish the Sentence Friday post, where writers and bloggers gather to give their own takes on the week’s sentence. This one was “After a hard day’s work…”
Hosts: Kristi from Finding Ninee and our co-host Michelle (this week’s sentence thinker-upper) from Crumpets and Bollocks.


Lisa A. Listwa is a self-employed writer with experience in education, publishing, and the martial arts. Believing there was more to life than punching someone else’s time clock and inspired by the words of Henry David Thoreau, she traded her life as a high school educator for a life as a writer and hasn’t looked back. She is mother to one glorious handful of a daughter, wife to the nicest guy on the planet, and reluctant but devoted owner of three Rotten Cats. You can find her adventures and thoughts on living life deliberately here on the blog.

24 thoughts on “FTSF – After a Hard Day’s Work

  1. Frist? This is a wonderful poem, Lisa. It makes me sad and tired. After a hard day’s work, there is more work. Maybe after a hard day’s work there’s a glass of wine? Maybe after a hard days work there’s a warm bath, long shower? A hug and a kiss? Reminds me of that old saying, a man works from dusk to dawn, but a woman’s work is never done. I love the way you wrote it, as a list. I’m glad you chose poem.

    1. Frist, Val!
      Hmm…I think there is sad and tired there, but I was hoping for a bit of a lift at the end. Guess I could have done more with that. I meant to suggest that after a hard day’s work, there are other things besides work that are important. I smell a re-work!

  2. Lisa! I love love it. It’s so true too – the sustaining and the progress always always always takes more work. Sometimes I fantasize about being super wealthy so that somebody else would cut my yard and mulch my flowers. Really. Beautiful poem and you rock for doing it and linking up!

  3. I love this Lisa. It truly reflects the reality of a working mom especially. And how difficult it is to always have more work…

    And then more.

    And more.

    It makes me feel so grateful I have the blessing and privilege to not have to ‘work’ like that any longer…

    1. Yes, that’s where I was going at the end, Chris, but I don’t think I conveyed that clearly enough. At the end of all that work day, there is more to life than punching the time clock. I am so happy where I am now! Can’t say that “more” aspect to the mom role ever goes away…but I sincerely love making my own hours and working from home. And we are all better for it. I would never have guessed this would make me happy, but it does.

  4. Ya know, I don’t even have kiddos and after a hard day’s work, I can barely keep my eyes open. I don’t know how all you parents DO it! I’m constantly amazed.

    The fact that you’re writing this poem speaks volumes about your character, though. I can tell you’re a fabulous wife, mother, daughter and more. You’re phenomenally phenomenal!

  5. You’ve nailed it, Lisa. That utter, never ending call of work. Putiing in a full day knowing you’ve got so much yet to do there. If only you could have one more hour but no. You have to get home and pick up the mommy reins again. Brilliant. Off to share.

    1. Thanks, Kelly. I used to wonder why my Mom took naps. Like who takes naps? Kids want to stop taking naps and there was my Mom, grabbing 20 minutes between day job and the rest of all the things. I thought she was insane. Now? I think she’s a freaking genius. My Grandmother on my Father’s side, too – every day after lunch, no matter what, somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes, no more. What could possibly be accomplished in that short a time? Well, I discovered the power of the power nap and they are seriously awesome.

  6. Well done!! This post is a frist of sorts — first time that I’ve read someone answering the prompt in poetry rather than in prose. Well done! I enjoyed it; the words evoked how profound is the work of motherhood.

  7. Beautifully written, I could well relate to every word of this, you told the tale so well. Sometimes I say “oh no, there is more”, and then there are those wonderful moments when I say “thank God, there is More! XOXO

    1. Very true, Rabia. I think I’m liking how this piece turned out – there are different ways to look at it. All different, all true, all good. The one thing that is absolutely certain about life is that it goes on, one way or another.

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