LABOR DAY 2010 SOLIDARITY


Erle Frayne D. Argonza

01 May 2010

 Solidarity greetings to all toiling men and women of the Philippines and the world!

With glee and fulfillment I, as a fellow toiling man, express the highest appreciation for the power of labor and the fruits of all the toils of struggling workingmen & women across the millennia of human history. Truly, it is through our labor that our God-given creativity and wisdom find manifestations, galvanized as goods and services in the workplace. Nothing can ever refute such a universal fact or law about the potency of labor.

As a re-dedication to the working class movement across the planet, let me share this humble poem of mine.

REFLECTIONS ABOUT WORK

Erle Frayne Argonza y Delago

There can be

no savoring the foods

offered by Terra

without working hard for their generation;

no consumption of bounties

in torrential showers

without striving

for their production;

no recital of flowery

words about justice

without active contention

for their fruition;

no pleasant rest

of mind and body

without processing by

the sweatshops of labour;

no blissful state

of realized utopias

without rendering sufferings

from waylaid obstacles.

[Poem writ. 27 Sept, 1987, University of the Philippines, QC.]

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