The Ordinary Working Man

The ordinary working man
works from 8 to 5 each day --
on minimum wage.

Minimum, equals the lowest rate allowed by law
set by professionals earning more than twice the amount they've pegged.

Minimum --
not exactly enough
for the wage-earner's needs
but minimum simply because
it is the maximum that
the employer and the State
agree to lose;
while those who use the working man as tools
entitle to themselves no maximum to the minimum they need

The ordinary working man
works 5 to 6 days a week
some up to 7 days, even on
graveyard shifts,
4 to 5 weeks of every month
of every year;
he and she,
strive without sufficient rest from
unending daily toil on minimum wage.

They don’t have breaks of leisure as
some enjoy,
they don't have sabbaticals nor jubilees
nor extended leaves credited to
their masters who
can fly, can drive, can ride, can dive
and live the times of their lives
in beaches, resorts, hotels, casinos, galleries, ships, rails and parks;
while the ordinary working man's
content with  telenovela and karaoke art.

You and I may not count ourselves among
those who perpetrate,
but inaction makes us peers who perpetuate.

Is this the Almighty's wonderful plan
for the ordinary working man --
of Him Who decreed righteousness and justice
as early as the patriarch Abraham?
How can we sleep without tossing in our heads
the questions
of the graveyard-shifting ordinary working man?

Who is brave enough to act and answer "no"
without losing sleep, sanity nor faith
for the ordinary working man?

The Potato Eaters by Vincent Van Gogh
"You see, I really have wanted to make it so that people get the idea that these folk, who are eating their potatoes by the light of their little lamp, have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labor and — that they have thus honestly earned their food." - Van Gogh

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