Iron Mountain ski jump

Iron Mountain ski jump

Tuesday, April 30, 2019


For over sixty years
I worked for pay
The first years and the last years
were only part-time work
but they were the best
In them I made real money

Not the invisible money
that goes directly into a bank
or multiplies in the dark
of a pension hoard
but real hard money
Cash on the spot

Ready to exchange
for a cold drink
on a hot and hazy day
or a gallon of gas
to take me beyond the limits

There was such satisfaction
standing there, hands held out
as a supplicant ready
to accept the host
of communion, receiving
the daily bread

As I prepare
for my last pay
I hold me hands ready
in Eucharistic pose
and pray, “Give me this day…”

John Robert McFarland

“I can’t help but wonder where I’m bound, where I’m bound…” Tom Paxton

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