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    Honest Day's Work

    by David Knape
    The old farmer plowed his field
    rocks were what he mostly tilled,
    his work was hard, going uphill
    the rocks as stubborn as his will

    Every stone was buried deep
    as if the field had meant to keep,
    still he labored, working each
    until the stones at last released

    For every rock that he would find
    was like a weight upon his mind,
    and as he removed each heavy stone
    his worries left him, one by one

    Finally when all light had gone
    he sat down, reflected on
    the fact he'd never took a rest
    yet felt himself uniquely blessed

    As sweat rolled down his grimey face
    he felt inside a certain grace,
    for worth instilled can't be replaced
    he'd made his farm a better place

    He paused to look where he had been
    the rocks were gone, the rows were clean
    and where there once were weeds and thorns
    an inner sense of pride was born

    In the end his work was worth
    every drop of sweat, or rock he cursed
    for as he paused, looked where he'd been
    he'd gladly do it all again

    Though bone weary, deep inside
    he felt accomplishment and pride
    knew every pain was plainly worth
    the joy of doing honest work.


    © d.knape

    April 7, 2013
    More "Once Upon A Line" - Light verse and poetry by d.knape
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