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Work is Dignity

Updated on February 18, 2013

Sweat, spit, ash, smoke,

floured face, calloused palms,

bile, grease, bleach, degreaser,

ink-stained fingers, sunburned

cheeks, saw-dusted hardhats, paint-

spattered pants, heavy gloves,

steel-toed boots, dirt-

encrusted bandanas and starched

aprons, sweep-mopping, dig-

planting, wash-ironing, rope-

branding, serve-clearing, bait-

gutting, up before sun,

up after moon, brick

after box after crate

after load, is work,

is worthy, is dignity.


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    • multiculturalsoul profile image

      JJ Murray 5 years ago from Roanoke, Virginia

      I have picked apples and strawberries, dug potatoes, worked at farmer's markets, made and delivered pizzas, flipped burgers, cut grass, dug post holes, painted, and cleaned homes. At no time did I think any of it was beneath me. All of it wasn't necessarily dignified, but the work gave me dignity.

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      whonunuwho 5 years ago from United States

      A very strong statement of truth about the human spirit and what makes us the people that we are, and admired by all.