26 April 2008

The Working Man's Lament

I wear this blue collar
a badge of honour or a crown of thorns
aching muscles
remind
of who I am
what I've become
and what I might have been
had I not done...

Of what use is toil of heart?
O'er hindsight e'er so clear
As days greet us
do we not all judge what is best?

Though I may mull
and reconcile
My blue collar crown of thorns
humiliates
emboldens
separates

- Paul Jensen, 8 April 2008

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