Man's Appreciation of Man

Written by: Reason A. Poteet

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)