An Honest Day’s Work

Leaving, coming, staying put.
Going around the long way
Is sometimes worth doing.
Taking time to look at the scenery,

Even if the scenery is
The latest road construction.
Look at the men.
See their faces.

Think about what it takes for them
To do an honest days work,
To put food on the table,
To pay the doctor bill,

For their sick child at home,
Who is not covered by insurance
Because her father’s employer
Doesn’t think it’s important enough

To provide benefits
For his employees.
And when he has finished
At that job, he goes home,

Takes a shower, and then goes
To his other job as a janitor
At a local private business,
Trying to be friendly and polite

To all the employees
As they leave their only job
To go home to rest
And spend time with their families,

While he is just beginning
Several hours
Of emptying trash cans
And mopping floors.

Sometimes life just isn’t fair.

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Day 209 – Have You Ever Used A Swear Word?

Some interesting points made here about using words with dark meanings…and I agree.

The 365 Poetry Project

Well the truth is, yes,
though other teachers might not tell you that.
They might not want you to know yet
that there will be times when you need to,
just to get by,
when screaming a big fat f-bomb
is your best chance to survive.

They may not want you to know yet
that for every foul dirty-mouth name you’ve heard
(and some you haven’t heard yet)
you will meet a person who deserves it
and you will play Adam in the garden
giving each of your beasts its proper adjective.

And sometimes you’ll see very bad things
covered up with more acceptable terms
like it’s alright that they exist,
but they are worse than the curse words you know-
words like discrimination, blasphemy, genocide-
words that we use to talk politely about
so much that is wrong in our world.

But words are not just words, my friends,
they…

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