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I'm A Workin' Man

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I'm A Workin' Man

I'm just a common workin' man and have been all my life,
Laborin' eight hours a day to support my kids and wife.
Tryin' to do my honest best to make desperate ends meet,
Makin' sure my clan is housed, clothed and has enough to eat.

I've worked on the assembly line for nigh on twenty years,
Twistin' nuts and bolts, assemblin' pinion shafts and gears.
Although I work hard and have what they call stayin' power,
I ain't never made more'n nine-ninety-eight per hour.

I'm so very blessed and satisfied with my earthly lot.
Thank the Lord, I enjoy more'n lots of folks has got.
Though the mortage on our humble home is hard at times to handle,
We skimp and save to pay the bills, avoidin' financial scandal!

How I love walkin' in the door to be greeted by my precious brood.
No matter how tryin' my day has been, they tend to brighten my mood.
Grabbin' my legs, all chatterin' at once, tellin' me about their day.
Home! Family! Love! America! I treasure all that I survey!

I'll never be a rich man and for that I do not aspire.
The good Lord willin', I hope one day to jes' peaceably retire,
To enjoy my treasured family by a warm and cheerful fire!
Their love and fellowship is all that I truly do desire!

Robert L. Hinshaw, CMSgt, USAF, Retired
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  1. Date: 8/26/2012 2:40:00 AM
    You definitely seem to have such a wonderful and fulfilled life, Bob! Your family is blessed to have you :D! Also, I wanted to drop by and say that I read about Vera, please know that she is in my prayers. God bless you and your family!

  1. Date: 8/14/2012 9:58:00 AM
    Told as it is Bob, dosen't get any better than this, you are a credit to the written word. love your stuff. harry

  1. Date: 8/10/2012 12:48:00 PM
    You are the richest man I know. If only more other people thought like this.

  1. Date: 8/6/2012 6:14:00 PM
    Robert--you are a true hero. I love it! Go air force!

  1. Date: 8/6/2012 11:15:00 AM
    Hi Robert yet another brilliant write sound like you are very rich in many ways my freind, not least of which is your penmanship, were you ever tempted yo do a Johnny Cash and take it one piece at a time lol, all the best owen

  1. Date: 8/5/2012 11:33:00 PM
    Beautiful poem Bob. Please see your Poetry soup mail, just sent you a message. Thanks Lee

  1. Date: 8/5/2012 3:49:00 PM
    A very lovely poem bob, like it? No, I love it!!!You have a lovely (doll) home and a lovely family.You are a RICH man.....rich of love! - Have a beautiful new week. - oxox love Anne-Lise :)

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 4:57:00 PM
    Hi Robert; As always you have one great poem here. I will not be rich either, but you and I got riches of another kind. Smile Jesus loves you. Thanks for sharing. Lucilla

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 1:20:00 PM
    just love this beautiful write, Bob. Glad you're enjoying the Olympics - the weather's (mostly) behaving for the games! Hope you and Vera have a lovely weekend, my friend

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 5:36:00 AM
    sorry for the typo - i meant "workin' man!"

  1. Date: 8/4/2012 5:35:00 AM
    great one, bob! you've really captured that "worin' man" persona very well and, of course, in perfect rhyme!

  1. Date: 8/3/2012 8:33:00 PM
    Enjoyed your read tonight Bob, I have missed your poetry, nice to have you back, hugs vie