Thursday, May 1, 2014


On May Day
I do not know
Whether to shout
And celebrate solidarity
Or send a signal of distress

For I have seen the power of workers
Standing together
Supporting each other
Acting in one another's interest
And I have seen them succeed

But I have also seen
Protectionist policies
Seniority prized above skill
Laziness creep in with tenure
And the truth in complaints

I have also seen
At-will employment
Work workers to fatigue
And for no reward to the worker
Who is soon replaced

The last happens more and more
We are made to be cogs
Used until broken
Used to be broken
Easily interchanged

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