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Poems About Work for National Poetry Month

Not only is April National Grilled Cheese Month, it is also National Poetry Month. So, in honor of this literary celebration, here are a few poems about work:

 

 

 

 I Meant To Do My Work Today

I meant to do my work today –
But a brown bird sang in the apple-tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
And the wind went sighing over the land,
Tossing the grasses to and fro,
And a rainbow held out its shining hand –
So what could I do but laugh and go?
– Richard Le Gallienne

Perfect Work

An artist skilled beyond the sons of men
With pleasure scanned the pictures on the wall,
Rare works of art, each one pronounced a gem,
The product of his hand, both great and small;
Each filled its place in the designer’s plan;
Conceived in full before the work began
Pleased was the artist with results as shown;
But his ideal was not as yet attained;
It needed this, as palace needs a throne,
But throne a king–then is perfection gained,
When his great masterpiece hangs in its place,
And the great artist looks in his own face.
– Joseph Horatio Chant

Quitting the 9 to 5

Clock in clock out, clock in clock out
Is it Friday yet? I shout!
I hate the daily grind I say
I need some coffee and a lot more pay
The boss has annoyed me too much this week
Its freedom and excitement I seek
I have an idea for a business you know
Perhaps I’ll quit because it’s time to go
I’ll be my own boss and will make my own way
Goodbye 9 to 5! I’m leaving today!
– Anonymous 

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