Treasure Island

Eric Cockrell


Admiration... For Those Who Work!


i have a deep admiration
for the common working people
of the world...
having lived among them,
worked and sweated with them,
i sing their struggle!

farmers toiling day and night,
nurses pulling double shifts.
factory workers doing time and again,
carpenters and masons building.
black and white and all colors,
working their lives by faith.
and immigrants, often called illegal,
(though no human beings are illegal!) ...
who come here and work for whatever wage,
trying to build a dream for their families.
let us not forget women,
too often underpaid and treated as less...
truckdrivers, and those who work the docks,
steel workers, cooks, and trash collectors...
all leave me in awe...

there are many who cant work,
these should always be taken care of.
but the ones that could work if they would work,
who can work, and wont...
well... i have a problem there!

i was taught to work as a child...
taught respect, dignity, and honesty...
and so i believe, and so i live...
in admiration for those who work!

Submitted: Thursday, June 14, 2012
Edited: Friday, June 15, 2012

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  • Kaila George (6/18/2012 9:00:00 PM)

    AGREED! ! ! The underdogs as some like to say are the ones with the backbones in our society, they have my admiration, respect, and I bow in humble acknowledgement to all who make this a better place to be. (Report) Reply

  • Marites C. Cayetano (6/15/2012 7:41:00 AM)

    and please don't forget the domestic helpers too, giving big support to the working mom and dad....very good write! (Report) Reply

  • Eric Cockrell (6/14/2012 6:58:00 PM)

    and let us not forget the teachers, who mold the minds of youth... often underpaid and disrespected! (Report) Reply

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