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A Labor Day Tribute to the All-Night Worker

Saying thanks to graveyard shift survivors.

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
September 1, 2006

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A Labor Day Tribute to the All-Night Worker
You punch the clock while others sleep.
That graveyard shift is long and deep.
At times it's like you're six feet down,
bone tired, feeling dead.

It's hard to go to bed at dawn
or after you have mown the lawn.
It really is unnatural
to sleep the day away.

You wake for dinner and you say
"I wish my job was in the day
for then I could have nights at home
and watch my favorite shows."

Still you're the envy of those damned
by traffic that is always jammed.
Those daytime workers only dream
of such a quick commute.

And truth be told the work you do
is valuable. Your boss needs you.
The overnights that you put in
mean far more than you know.
And … Another Anniversary…
The Big Easy's Hard Year
Reflections on Katrina's Wrath.
Her name was gentle, but that's all.
The day Katrina chose to call,
all Hell broke loose in
New Orleans
and Easy became hard.

A YEAR ago she blew through town.
The evidence is still around.
This heartless woman's calling card
has numbers that won't quit.

The cost's in lives and dollars spent
and those who owned but now must rent
plus countless heartache felt by those
whose dreams can't be rebuilt.

New Orleans now is half the size.
What has increased are all the whys
that question how so many still
are homeless and displaced.

O God, please comfort those alone
who have no place to call their home.
And help us all to realize
there's something we can do.

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Brooks from Mebane, NC writes:
September 3, 2006
Rev. Greg, thanks for the poem about the anniversary of Katrina. You spoke mainly about New Orleans, but I am confident that you meant the entire gulf coast that was tramatized by the storm of all storms.

I am disheartened that instead of pausing to contiplate the conditions there we are going on our simple way and not remembering all the work that must be done by volunteers and donations of money to church groups and the Red Cross that are involved in the recovery. I don't think we need to beat the mistakes to death. We know they were there, perhaps we have learned from them. We can at least pray for these people living in FEMA campers and pray that soon and very soon, they will be back in suitable housing. We need to also remember that these people aren't necessarily in a welfare mode, but are just seeking help for a new start. We also need to pray that we can be more sympathic for the people of the Gulf Coast. We need to strongly consider our own potental for volunteer assistance and donations of money.

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Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.

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