Merriam talks about someone who has a calling
with specialized knowledge, rigorous academic preparation
a phone that must be earned with shibboleths practiced

setting aside the word and, and rather using more sophisticated transitions
making scratch, returns, financial gains, as you may enjoy it
might be critical if one is to wear that four syllable hat

where there are guilds, training programs, and jargon-filled journals
you have found yourself that artificial niche that defends itself
like a third generation trust funder with only enough interest-understanding to cash the checks

it's not a knock on any of the above doors, which you probably did not choose 
beyond the free will shimmers who poltergeist atop those supposed crucial moments
it's a living, you'll claim, between two eyes that are set in the pattern you shook hands with.