Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)


Good Historical American Work Ethics - Poem by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

fools say old
fashioned
values are bad...

but old
fashioned
values are good! ! !

manual work
what songs
were sung
by sinew
muscle
by honest
sweat
hard work

invested
in labour
done well

how this sings
of love
for life

for gratitude
appreciation
for the work
of the hands
faith in all hands
to the well wheel
contributing
to a common prosperity

when workers
earned their pay
were paid
in an appropriate
living wage
individuals prospered
communities prospered
all prospered


Copyright © Terence George Craddock


Poet's Notes about The Poem

Inspired by the poem 'I Hear America Singing' by Walt Whitman.
Dedicated to the life and poetry of Walt Whitman.
Written in September & November 2015 on the 24.9&20.11.2015.

Comments about Good Historical American Work Ethics by Terence George Craddock (afterglows echoes of starlight)

  • (11/22/2015 6:26:00 AM)


    Old values.....devalued

    'when workers
    earned their pay
    were paid
    in an appropriate
    living wage
    individuals prospered
    communities prospered
    all prospered'

    This is the essence, the crux....this really does benefit....EVERYONE. Why can't our politicians see this! ! ! !
    Powerful words......10++++
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    Terry Craddock (11/22/2015 6:50:00 AM)

    Yes a living wage has multiple stimulating spiral benefits, healthier happier individuals, healthier happier families, equates to individuals and families helping themselves and others; thus communities prosper and society as a whole is better off, happier and more giving caring :)

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  • Terry Craddock (11/20/2015 3:40:00 AM)


    Yes the last stanza was the whole point of the poem

    'when workers
    earned their pay
    were paid
    in an appropriate
    living wage
    individuals prospered
    communities prospered
    all prospered'

    and I was rather hoping someone would develop the idea and highlight the argument.
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  • (11/19/2015 7:49:00 PM)


    the rub is in 'paid in an appropriate living wage' (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, November 19, 2015



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