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Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 12:01 am

work poem, first part

 work poem, first part
I’ve been thinking about work
telling my overworked friends
they are working too hard not
that I should talk but have just
had two thoughtful responses
this first from a nephew, an
editor: “There’s a lot to be said
about the value of work, aside
from the benefits of income. I
feel like I matter – I’m making
a contribution, adding value,
shaping something. You also
interact with others. Even if you
end up disliking them and the
relationship ends, as it does
sometimes, you miss them.
They’re part of the furniture
of your mind, your memories.
That’s why, even if I had no
employment, I’d force myself
to do things. That said, as I get
older, I sometimes wonder if I
somehow missed the point. You
know, as our grampa painted on
the silo, ‘life as well as a living.’”

©2015 Jacqueline Jackson

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