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Poetry and the second career

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(Courtesy Janice Notland and CBC)

Statistics show most Canadians will change careers between three and seven times in their lives, but how often does that translate into an employee leaving the workplace to become a poet?

Janice Notland of Kelowna was a community and mental health care worker for years until the day she came upon her undiscovered talent.

Daybreak's Gillianne Richards joined Chris to tell her story.

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Ode to Daybreak and Chris Walker

By Gillianne Richards (set to the William Tell Overture)

Working, writing, scripting, taping, undertaking segments for the show.
Find and pitch new stories, make inquiries, then I interview folks I don't know.
I think, a lot but it's not going to get me there.
I can write through the night in long underwear,
but to be of use and produce good radio
takes a knack you can't act like paparazzo.
For a year I've worked here and it's so exciting chasing guests I can't complain.
But the wheels in my head are turning, grinding, burning down my bits of brain.
It's not your fault, I'll admit, when you look at it there's a lack of wit in my atmosphere.
But I long to learn and from you I yearn, please Walker share some wisdom here!
 
(Walker)
Did you read all the notes that I sent to you?
What to cut, what to drop, things you shouldn't do.
Keep it clean keep it quick keep it relative.
Avoids clichés, and double negatives!
 
I would never leave all your notes unread.
Wait a sec did I do what you just said-
NOT TO DO - but I did, and I sometimes will,
please keep me on your show is such a thrill!

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