Honest Work

by James W. Spain, II

He sands the wood
attached to this old Victorian home
with hands that are calloused
and hair covered with sawdust as white as snow
with a permanent smile on his face
and a shine in his eye
as bright as the three coats
of glossy varnish he will soon apply
to the old pine floors riddled with
black hand-cut square nails
he accepts the work he does
each day and says it is honest work
that builds character.
As he sands the floors…

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