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American Life In Poetry

 

When I was a nasty little kid I once made fun of a girl in my school because her father worked cutting up dead animals at a rendering plant.My mother sat me down and said, "Ted, all work is honorable."I've never forgotten that.Here's a fine poem about the nobility of work by Sally Bliumis-Dunn, from her book Echolocation, published by Plume Editions, Asheville, NC.The poet lives in Armonk, New York.

Work

I could tell they were father and son,

the air between them slack, as though

they hardly noticed one another.

The father sanded the gunwales,

the boy coiled the lines.

And I admired the...



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