Tanka T054

Jobs with a pension –
Are just higher earning jobs –
Paid out in part now –
And possibly not in full
If you don’t work enough time

5.30.16 – 5.31.16



Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.



Notes to this poem…

Some people talk about jobs that have pensions as if it were unfair, or a bonus or something. Well, that all depends on how you look at it.

In the end, it’s all money to be paid out. In that case, jobs with a pension are really jobs where you don’t get paid in full, with your salary stated not being your true salary. The salary you see is just your operational salary that you get on your pay cheques in the present.

What could be viewed as unfair about jobs with a pension is that pending how long you work, you might not get the full value of your salary once the pension has been factored in. That is, if you don’t work enough time, you won’t get the full pension so in a way, you’re the one being ripped off.

Those who think pensions are unfair won’t like this view but you know what? That’s the truth. Handle it! If your job doesn’t have a pension, fight for it (i.e. a higher salary with some of it paid out later which is what a pension is), but don’t go dissing people who have jobs with pension like they don’t deserve it. It’s all part of their compensation, which they might not take the job without the pension.

The poems titled Tanka, followed by a number, are tanka composed while I was not engaged in some activity during which I frequently composed poetry. That is why these are called the Inactive Tanka collection.

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