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The unions, at first, were a good thing.
The owners were greedy and would cling
To more than they needed
And workers were “bleeded”,
Till unions, in turn, did the same thing.

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2015.

 

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……………………Labor

We have fed you all for a thousand years,
And you hail us still unfed,
Though there’s never a dollar of all your wealth
But marks the workers’ dead.
We have yielded our best to give you rest,
And you lie on crimson wool;
For if blood be the price of all your wealth
Good God, we ha’ paid in full! 

There’s never a mine blown skyward now
But we’re buried alive for you;
There’s never a wreck drifts shoreward now
But we are its ghastly crew:
Go reckon our dead by the forges red,
And the factories where we spin.
If blood be the price of your cursed wealth
Good God, we ha’ paid it in! 

We have fed you all for a thousand years,
For that was our doom, you know,
From the days when you chained us in your fields
To the strike of a week ago.
You ha’ eaten our lives and our babes and wives,
And we’re told it’s your legal share;
But if blood be the price of your lawful wealth,
Good God, we ha’ bought it fair.

 

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Washington at Valley Forge

Washington at Valley Forge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Cold Drills

One winter,
Valley Forge forged
An army.

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Labor Unions

Killing geese
That laid golden eggs –
GM and….

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Pastoral Painting

Green pasture,
White cattle egrets,
Black Angus.

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* The haiku I write are lines of 3-5-3 syllables instead of 5-7-5.

See Haiku article here for explanation, if needed: https://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/haiku/

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2012.

 

 

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