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All In the Line of Duty

Updated on June 17, 2017

Elevators (Lifts)




In The Line of Duty

It’s not exactly a flower-garden,

But it is dutiful work.

Men go up and down narrow lifts,

Pushing beds with clients all day.

Like a pendulum in flow,

They move quickly to and from their destinations.

At their work station, radiographers ceaselessly appear;

Jobs are docked into the Microsoft spreadsheets.

As these exhausted men go about their herculean tasks,

Shoulders, muscles and legs ache.

But the demands of the ill;

The numbers game of distant managers, remain merciless,

And the hard grind of 9 – 5 are constant.

Finally the work tails off …

A good one hundred and forty clients are counted.

It would soon be time to tell tiresome tales,

To sons, wives, daughters …

Of men bleeding their souls for the establishment.

The Light of the divine smiles from heaven,

But on earth there is no gratitude,

And their Hearts weep.

Manatita 16th June, 2017. Copyrighted

~ Awakening the Light within ~

Swinging pendulum


Wisdom of Sri Chinmoy

"The answer to world-despair is Light. The answer to world-despair is Love. The answer to world-despair is Delight. We need Light to see the Creator within and the creation without. We need Love to feel the Beloved within and the Lover without. We need Delight to sail God’s Boat within and to reach God’s Shore without." -Sri Chinmoy

Wisdom from Sri Chinmoy


Wisdom of Sri Chinmoy

"Why is there world-despair? World-despair exists because the world desperately needs the life-illumining Light. Why is there world-despair? World-despair exists because the world constantly needs the life-energising Love. Why is there world-despair? World-despair exists because the world immediately needs the life-immortalising Delight." -Sri Chinmoy

Rumi's poetry

Work and gratitude

Do you sometimes feel that you are there only for the numbers and results game?

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    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      I'm glad for you. I always asked how you were and you did not seem affected. I wrote a real one about the pains of joyless work last night. Sadly I'm taking a rest to put my book together. Much love, my dearest. Sixty, eh? Cool.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 years ago from Central Florida

      Manatita, I just left a job that didn't appreciate the people who make it thrive. This past Monday I started a new job - at the ripe old age of 60, no less! - and am finally in a good place once again. Morale here is high because each and every one of us is appreciated and treated very well. What comes around goes around, ya know?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 years ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Your poem certainly speaks the truth. Hard work usually doesn't get the appreciation it deserves.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Yes, Peggy. Compassion is lacking badly. Let us pray .... continue ... all the best.

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 years ago

      You have summed up the working experience of some people who are not appreciated as much as they should be by their bosses. Hopefully when they leave work they can find solace and appreciation at home.

      Love is definitely needed in our world. If there was more pure love then perhaps this world of ours would see more peace.

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      2 years ago from london

      An empathetic approach, Dee.

      we forget that it's a large part of spiritual living...that we feel pain like everyone else. That we want to be loved. Going to the grave without verbal expression, does not mean we are happy, nor saints.

      Thank you so much!

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      Dora Weithers 

      2 years ago from The Caribbean

      So much to contemplate in your poem. Just a little time to express appreciation can go a long way in boosting the sense of worth and recognition in people who deserve it.

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      2 years ago from london

      So I wish you happy Father's Day for your dad, Linda. My poems on work and Guriji's poems on work are the opposite, by the way. I wrote this piece as a request for those who are feeling the pinch and expressed the essence of their emotions.

      Like my work on the Kamikaze, I do not get into the right and wrongs of it. I always say that I express the varying moods of the Soul. Like a good old aphorism, these things affect us in different ways, as they should.

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      Linda Lum 

      2 years ago from Washington State, USA

      Manatitta, tomorrow in the United States we recognize our dads with Fathers Day. My dad was the quiet, selfless person of whom you write. His credo was that God must have first place in your heart, then family. Think of yourself last. This is the way he led his life and it guided his words and actions. If all of us could follow that example what a beautiful place this would be. Perhaps that is that Heaven will be--all of us loving and full of the Light, loving for love's sake, without guile or thought of recompense.

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      2 years ago from london

      Yes, yes, no problem, as they are both of the earth, like Justice. I did a poem called The Scales of Justice Tilts. We get it wrong sometimes, but most agree that it's necessary to protect society.

      Duty manifest itself in various ways: To one's family; to work; to colleagues and friends ... right is a little more vague. In that sense I agree with you. It is right for the Indian to wear saris and Dhotis, but until recently, they were odd to the western eye.

      Essentially, it's closer to spirituality and implies being in accord with what we do, or feeling clean or wholesome about a perceived or completed action.

      Some Seers would say 'right' is that which takes you towards the Light, makes you strong; wrong is that which takes you away from it or makes you weak. The Sanscrit word is Dharma with a much larger meaning: Simply righteousness or the inner code of Life.

      So doing one's Dharma is sort of what one is meant to do or his correct station in life. Perhaps like Emily Dickinson being a poet or Stephen King a writer, as one can also choose the wrong Dharma. The inner voice will tell us if we listen. Thanks Bro.

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      Eric Dierker 

      2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      As usual, outstanding. I often have blurred lines between duty and right.

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Ah Harish,

      You understand, Bro.

      Toils of life, Brother, toils of life. I mentioned heaven, because thanks on earth is very rare.

      Yes, yes, Bill. Very necessary and yet there is no real thanks. Simply push after push in some areas.

      Your dad would have felt this too for sure. It's a tribute to these great men and women. Appreciations.

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      Bill Holland 

      2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I grew up with inspiration for hard dad, 25 years on a horrible job, never complained, always worked hard.....that's just the real of it, my friend. Many work in quiet anonymity without asking for recognition. In fact, our society couldn't function without those people.

      Blessings always

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      Harish Mamgain 

      2 years ago from New Delhi , India

      Brother, you thought about toils of guys, who are tirelessly engaged with execution of hard work assigned to them. I love reading this poem. A great tribute to the working class !

    • manatita44 profile imageAUTHOR


      2 years ago from london

      Ah, Tim.

      So sweet; so charming! God bless you, Bro. Appreciations ... much!

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      Tim Mitchell 

      2 years ago from Escondido, CA

      The poem is awesome, which tapped memories of my career/work life as an employee, as a manager, a co-worker, and as a man. That is a lot of doors that were opened. Well done! That is a blessing.

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      2 years ago from london

      Ah, my brother. You understand. About Rumi, someone once said that he never had a single word out of place. Frankly, his work is so awesome, that even with translations, it's still flawless.-

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      A nice tribute to those who work hard for little appreciation in this life, manatita. I like the poem by Rumi put to music as well- Shimshai-Come.


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