It was Labor Day but our hearts weren’t in it

It was Labor Day but our hearts weren’t in it.
No one really celebrates it any more;
we’ve learned to be good, modern americans.
(That’s americans in lower case for us because we haven’t earned our caps.)
We don’t need unions or organization
because the small and big business owners
know that people are their most important asset.
Corporations have always been the ones who really cared for us.
What’s that? You say corporations used to kill people
who got out of line? Where’d you hear that? In a movie?
Do you believe in hobbits, too? Ghosts?
There are no ghosts in America say the big corporations who get caps.
Look at the people you work for. Can you see them killing you?
Of course you can’t. Now go back to sleep. Let us handle…
everything.

No one ever died trying to get a decent wage.
Children never struck to get their work day reduced
to a mere 11 hours, 6 days a week.
American corporate benevolence is simply
legendary.

You know what a legend, is don’t you darling?

Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my job to keep
although I do the work of three
they’ll never hear a peep from me.

God Bless Cap’n Vere!

—Don Whittington

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