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Man's Appreciation of Man

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Man's Appreciation of Man

Try this on for size, we'll all exchange jobs,
Having new tasks just might teach us respect?
	What of a career
	 as an engineer?
                or a clerk whose books are suspect?
                (without cause)

A starter, try serving as a fireman
No, change spots with somebody’s chauffeur.
	Work the fac’try lines,
	labor in the mines,
               swap posts with a president’s go-fer.
               (without pause)

Keen understanding of what this world needs -
Skills that bless a people so diverse?
	Though there’s no guarantee
	we might come to see
               our livelihood could always be worse.
               (you could get fired)

Look at yourself - a struggling artist.
Imitate the sweetness of a bar maid.
	Be a kids’ teacher
	maybe a preacher.
               Pause to wonder how their bills get paid.
               (do they get tired?)

Value the career of mother/housewife
Interceding among five children - quints!
	Trade jobs with a cook
	who’s writing a book.
                Some vocations need a seventh sense.
                (or just plain gumption)

Now what if we size up occupations
Go out and find something worthy of praise?
	Our motivation --
	ap-pre-ci-a-tion       
               for the world of work that fills our days.
               (make no assumption)

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  1. Date: 12/5/2012 7:00:00 AM
    Congrats on your win in Kim's "Count Your Blessings" contest Reason. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/3/2012 2:20:00 AM
    Congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 8:39:00 PM
    Reason, congratulations with your beautiful winning poem, in Kim's "Counting Your Blessings" take care :-) always~ PD

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 8:26:00 PM
    Congratulations on your winning poem for its content and its unique form. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 3:53:00 PM
    Very creative...Congrats on your well deserved win in this contest...

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 2:44:00 PM
    such an interesting format! i really enjoyed reading this. congratulations on a well-deserved win in the contest...

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 1:23:00 PM
    Creative winning work..Congrats..Way to go..Sara

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 12:49:00 PM
    Congratulations on a fine win Reason xx

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 11:50:00 AM
    JUST wonderful and loved the page layout as well as the content! Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 10:37:00 AM
    Very unique and well written! Congrats on your awesome win! Hugs

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 8:48:00 AM
    Very cool and different, congrats

  1. Date: 11/29/2012 8:29:00 AM
    Reason, you went in a totally different direction with this and I love it! An excellent write! Congrats on your 1st place win in my contest! Love, Kim