THE DIGNITY OF LABOUR

 
Sisyphus wears an old man’s back
weathered, pale and pitted
yet adequate for the purpose

of pushing, rolling, bending

Until it isn’t

and they replace him
with someone cheaper, inexperienced
less mythological

unlikely to appeal to the Gods
groan, or join a union
become a symbol of something greater

a philosophical backwater
is required
undiscussed, unnoticed

forgotten, amidst the tumult
the noise of modern living

The parents
of our parents

if I remember correctly

used to mark his silhouette
against the skyline
if the sun was shining

not exactly a lazy man
but he could have rolled
more quickly

with greater emphasis on satisfaction

shown some gratitude
for the opportunity
 
 
 
 
 
 
Steven Taylor
Picture Nick Victor
 
 
 
 
 
 
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