In all the jobs and countless tasks
that you’re assigned to do;
Would you sign your work to let folks know
the work was done by you?
Would you not only sign your work,
but use what you have made…
…something that would save one’s life,
would you be afraid?
Would you float across a lake
in a raft your company built?
Consume your firm’s over-sugared cereal
without feeling some guilt?
Would you use the parachute
that you’d just packed;
ride a ferris wheel you’d repaired
if a major part was cracked?
If you labor where they fabricate
mountain climbing rope;
would you take those pretty nylon braids
and dangle off a slope?
If you assign the ratings
to outdoor sleeping bags;
would you camp with one at ten below
on lofty mountain crags?
Would you trek across Alaska
in a snow machine you sell?
If that model is a piece of junk,
would customers you tell?
Do you own a commercial airline,
configure the cabins in coach?
When traveling do you fly economy
and sample the cramped approach?
Or take home the meals
that are served aboard your plane?
Do you ever wonder why endlessly
your passengers complain?
If you’re a legislator
in charge of making laws;
are you in it for yourself,
or champion a worthy cause?
Whether carpenter or plumber,
an operator of a crane;
if you do your job and do it well,
you’ve a right to sign your name.
And to proudly use what you have wrought,
With confidence and elan;
knowing that the job you’ve done
is the very best you can.
Feb. 28, 2019