Too many demands,

Not enough appreciation.

Too many expectations,

Not enough compassion.

Too much drama

over the tiniest issues

and harsh punishments

for small infractions.

Disinterest in my world

and my humanity.

Oblivion where my needs are concerned,

the stresses they add to,

my hopes,

and my dreams.

I am but a vending machine,

shaken to release free treats,

or a robot,

built for their whims.

I want to unplug,

to malfunction,

and to possibly be replaced,

left to corrode

until I am free.

Nance L. Schick, Esq. is an attorney, arbitrator, and mediator based in New York City.
She is the founder of The Law Studio of Nance L. Schick. Her holistic, integrative
approach draws from her experience as a human resources supervisor, as well as her
legal and EEOC training. She is creator of the Third Ear Conflict Resolution process,
author of DIY Conflict Resolution: Seven Choices and Five Actions of a Master, and an
award-winning entrepreneur, who has been acknowledged by the New York Economic
Development Corporation/B-Labs (Best for NYC 2015 finalist), U.S. Chamber of
Commerce (2015 Blue Ribbon Small Business), Enterprising Women Magazine
(Honorable Mention, 2014 Woman of the Year awards), and Urban Rebound NY/Count
Me In (2013 Pitch Competition finalist). Most recently, she attained her certificate in
Ethno-Religious Conflict Mediation and now serves as the Main ICERM Representative
to the United Nations.