Harlan Simantel

Rookie (August 8,1951 / Hillsboro, Oregon USA)

Work To Be Done! - Poem by Harlan Simantel

my dad
was all about work
'there's work to be done! '
but he didn't have enough fun
a slave to his work ethic
i think it made him mentally sick

jesus doesn't say,
'work, slave! '
he's kind, gentle, brave

bear fruit, he says
via abiding in him
and his encouraging words

and let his caring, creative father
kindly prune you - trim
more vigor!
more vim!

thanks to you both
for making your home with me
like a contented, happy child
on your knee

may i always be

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 14, 2008

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