Emotional Labour 101

Cortisol floods through my arterioles when you call
Suicide stays running through my mind when you call:

“Hello, Sir/Madam/Person this is 911 – No – this is Mugabi, your brother/sister/friend/lover/support system… I really should be paid for this but I’m not”

Emotional labour is like a full time job but it’s not
No paid time off
No sick leave
But, you can get fired
And, you can get hired (for additional duties)
And, you can get tired
But you can’t quit
Well, you can quit but you can’t quit

You say you never give up on people
But you still beat yourself up for giving up on people


Shout-out my Writing While Black family and the amazing workshops they put on for providing a space for this vessel to create this piece