Eric Cockrell

Blue Collar Joe - Poem by Eric Cockrell

blue collar Joe,
he's standing in line...
aint no trains to hop,

aint no trucks to pop...
he's standing in line,
for a handout, and a hand up....

he made your furniture,
he made your cars.
he wove your cloth....

he made boxes and tools,
he worked your steel.
he made just the right parts

for the right time.....
now you dont need him
to make anything anymore...

cheaper, more profitable,
to ship from overseas....
so he's standing in line....

a line going nowhere!

Comments about Blue Collar Joe by Eric Cockrell

  • Terence George Craddock (10/4/2011 8:55:00 PM)

    Off Shore Sweat


    of corporate

    equating to

    of cheap
    off shore sweat
    shop labour

    silencing mega
    domestic factories
    stillness doomed

    giant economy
    millions of proud
    loyal blue collar



    of shame ghost
    economic sorrow
    in massive reaped

    industrial recession
    as the bell tolls
    grave consequences

    of blind

    Inspired by the poem ‘Blue Collar Joe’ by Eric Cockrell
    Copyright © Terence George Craddock

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  • Terence George Craddock (10/4/2011 8:25:00 PM)

    I especially like the simple pathos and elemental sad truth of this poem.
    Lines of corporate profit quests, equating to policies of cheap off shore sweat shop labour, silencing mega domestic factories, has doomed a giant economy, millions of proud loyal blue collar workers; to long lines of shame and economic sorrow, reaped in massive industrial recession, as the bell tolls consequences of blind corporate greed.
    I wrote another version of a different blue collar peril back in March 2000, 'An Early Retirement' of a different kind.10+ Eric

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Poem Edited: Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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