Laborr Day (Draft 1)

Laborr Day(Draft 1)

Laborr Day is April 5th
to honor those who work on Labor Day.

For some
there is no paid day off
nor double-time pay

Just an ordinary table to serve,
a routine catastrophe
the mopping of the blood

For many in the foreground of Labor Day
rushing around to savor the
collective sigh of a long weekend,
the background is invisible or a
shade in the shadow of a multi-tasking world
where divided attention is shallow and uncaring
a curiosity to notice the ants emerging from the nest:
struggle, defend, fight to carry the large burden, where
giants, at best, will ignore, and at worst, crush

So all the restaurant workers will run off
with their family and friends to celebrate
and at last be served respect, but

April 6th is B-Labor day for
those who work on Laborr Day

Nice to see them in the foreground
to rush around on a day off to
belabor a point, but then

a child is born, and despite the
off-season, everyone cheers
belated Merry Christmas, because

there are miracles beyond a
particular day, and

April 7th is C-Labor day for
those who work on B-Labor Day, and

heaven knows there is a
special place for those
who work on Z-Labor Day
because they serve miracles gladly
and rejoice when the grasshopper
is no longer hungry for folly
and the lion lies down with the lamb

But many have proposed that
Laborr Day shall be April 1st.

— Douglas Gilbert

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3 thoughts on “Laborr Day (Draft 1)

  1. It cut me off and posted my comment mid-sentence…gosh – even wordpress is trying to hurry me through my conversations now. Usually it’s just the other person I’m talking to trying to get me to my point. (giggling) BUT anyways. I was saying, I’m definitely gonna celebrate Laborr Day, but i’m a little confused as to which day I should take off. If I can’t have official Laborr Day off how do I choose which alternate day like C-Labor day ect. I guess it could go by the first initial of your first or last name depending on which one your employer agreed you could take off? Heck, I suppose I should just take the whole month off to make sure i get the right day. (hehe) Nah, that wouldn’t work because then i wouldn’t be able to buy groceries and I kind of like to eat dinner every day.
    I like the line “there are miracles beyond a particular day” and
    “because they serve miracles gladly
    and rejoice when the grasshopper
    is no longer hungry for folly
    and the lion lies down with the lamb”
    oh and I like this a lot too:
    “shade in the shadow of a multi-tasking world
    where divided attention is shallow and uncaring
    a curiosity to notice the ants emerging from the nest:
    struggle, defend, fight to carry the large burden, where
    giants, at best, will ignore, and at worst, crush”
    Well I suppose i should stop copying and pasting my favorite parts. I tend to go overboard sometimes and if I keep on like this I’ll just have pasted the whole poem in an oddly rearranged order. I think i’ll just say, Great poem!

    1.     Thanks. Hmm, that’s an interesting question — so you must work on Labor Day and Laborr Day. Well then, this year, Laborr Day is a Friday the 5th, B-Labor Day is a Saturday, C-Labor Day Sunday, D-Labor Day Monday, E Tue, F Wed, G Thur, H Friday, I Saturday again the 13th…
          F-Labor Day is on the new moon, April 10
          U-Labor Day is on the full moon, April 25
      Hmm, interesting question about ways to organize things even when it’s fiction. I had to invent a way to quickly make up fictional words for my novel. When I first started, I was looking up ancient word origins and was randomly choosing from ancient roots and obscure words, but that got to be ridiculous because it took too much time and it really didn’t matter as long as it didn’t look like English. So I eventually gave the letters numbers so I could quickly change an English word into my magic words in the novel. I had a formula but when it came out unpronounceable, I sometimes cheated and just changed it a little so it could be pronounced. Then I tried to make a new formula so that I always got a few vowels so it could be pronounced, but that didn’t always work. But anyway, it still took less time than looking up ancient roots. But even then when I was trying to be random and reckless, I still managed to come up with letter combinations that looked like Latin or Greek roots that had nasty meanings when I was trying invent a word for a positive thing. I don’t have my notes for my book right now but I remember I took a positive English word, turned it into a number, did my formula, and the new number was translated into a word that had the combination “caco”. At first I thought that’s not so bad because I remembered the word cacophony and in music you can do a discordant thing on purpose just for fun. But I looked “caco-” up in the dictionary and it said it was a “combining form” from the Greek, kakos(bad or evil), meaning bad, poor, harsh. Oh, that’s interesting, I just looked it up again and I see the word “cacoepy” meaning bad pronunciation, and cacographic — spelled wrong. Geez, there’s a whole bunch of caco’s I’ve never heard of. I wonder if they’re ever used. Maybe the dictionary editor is making a bad joke, oh, I guess that would be a caco-joke (but I don’t see that listed). But anyway, the dictionary said that the opposite of the prefix “caco” was “eu”, so I think I wound up using that for my word instead.

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