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Woe To The Garment Workers

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Woe To The Garment Workers

Woe to the Garment Workers
Of Bangladesh
Developing country
Striving to catch up
Garment workers
Sewing from day to night
Factories we call "sweat shops"
What choice?
Must feed and clothe themselves
And their families
Tailors for the rich countries
Clothing sold
Meager wages and safety standards
Then disater
Roof caves in
Total collapse
More than 1700 dead
Whose to blame?
Owners? Government? Stores? Customers?
Capitalism at it's finest?
No matter
Garment workers
Still sew from day to night
In their sweat shops
Woe to the Garment Workers

Copyright © Rick Zablocki

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  1. Date: 7/6/2013 11:00:00 PM
    Congratulations, in Cyndi's "LOVE LETTERS TO THE INDIAN SUBCONTINENT: " always & forever * Linda

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 7:41:00 PM

  1. Date: 7/6/2013 5:26:00 PM
    Rick, superb write on this atrocious circumstance. Our stores and malls are packed with the imports from these impoverished countries and the rich get richer. You made a great impact with this and congrats on the win :)

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 8:23:00 PM
    This poem is so bold and expressive in words, Rick. Congratz on your win! ^_^

  1. Date: 7/5/2013 1:54:00 PM
    Rick congrats on your fantastic will. So many wonderful poems on this prompt. Connie

  1. Date: 7/4/2013 8:37:00 PM
    Thank you, Rick, for this intense entry to my contest and congratulations on its win. Your poem really speaks of the work conditions so many are subjected to in this area of the world. So harsh. I have often thought that poets have a ... responsibility.. to speak up and speak out. You did this very well! Smiles from Cyndi

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 11:42:00 AM
    love this tender and thoughtful write, Congrats on your wins, my friend.

  1. Date: 5/19/2013 6:00:00 AM
    A beautifully sad poem my dear friend Rick. I had a friend before who worked in garment factories & she worked overtime yet very low compensation. A great poem and tribute to them. Thank you so much for sharing and your precious time reading and commenting on my poem. Have a great weekend! love/hugs, Leonora

  1. Date: 5/18/2013 11:56:00 PM
    This reality is so disturbing. Human slavery in this day and age. Despicable circumstances brought about by incessant greed.