Today We Work

Out of respect to those who wait
For the privilege of perceived usefulness
We gratefully acknowledge
That our efforts and product
Are at cost to families
No longer listed by the census
Though still, by all counts, unemployed
Be it frustrating
We recognize that
We are here to contribute
If by nothing else
By our attitudes
Today we work

-Echoes a voice from my grandfather speaking in occupied Poland to the people on his bread delivery team