To Inspire You

The people I love best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows

and swim off with sure strokes almost out of sight.

They seem to become natives of that element,

the black sleek heads of seals bouncing like half submerged balls.

I love people who harness themselves,

an ox to a heavy cart,

who pull like water buffalo with massive patience.

Who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward,

who do what has to be done, again and again.

I want to be with people who who submerge in the task,

who go into the fields to harvest and work in a row and pass the bags along,

who stand in the line and haul in their places,

who are not popular generals and field deserters but move in a common rythm

when the food must come in or the fire be put out.

The work of the world in common as mud.

Botched, it smears the hands,

crumbles to dust.

But the thing worth doing well done

has a shape that satisfies, clean and evident.

The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.

“To be of Use”

M. Piercy


inspiration (Photo credit: peevee@ds)


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