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Mike Konopacki Labor Cartoons for September 2017

White Supremacy, Happy Labor Day, Concerted Activity, Vote Union

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  1. this working life

    of all the moneyed frequent flyers
    n pundits who double as liars
    i’m just another shop monkey
    who earned his right to retire
    spent forty years in a funky quagmire
    never got to drive a jaguar
    i was a hand among many
    on the lookout to be hired-out
    in this working life

    lift the tyrant’s curse
    of shakin’ down
    the peoples’ tiny purse
    drink a rebel’s dose
    of break-him-down
    issued by our warrior nurse
    whose heady liquor gently rains
    upon this working life

    i’ll impart to youngsters
    all that i know
    ‘bout duckin’ my head
    n wearin’ steel on my toes
    when we planted stewardship’s garden
    where stood a kangaroo court
    we showed we’re neither untoward
    nor the backward rueful sort
    ‘twas often a long
    n rancorous row
    but we kept it altogether
    n took turns with the hoe
    in this working life

    lift the tyrant’s curse
    of shakin’ down
    the peoples’ tiny purse
    drink a rebel’s dose
    of break-him-down
    issued by our warrior nurse
    whose heady liquor gently rains
    upon this working life

    when bosses get the itch
    to throw the metronomic switch
    how fast they want us all to go
    show’em you’re not one to bitch
    but you’ll keep the beat by goin’ slow
    if your meatloaf portion
    is nothing but extortion
    go split it up for all to share
    hand out that extra coat
    for someone else to wear
    in this working life

    lift the tyrant’s curse
    of shakin’ down
    the peoples’ tiny purse
    drink a rebel’s dose
    of break-him-down
    issued by our warrior nurse
    whose heady liquor gently rains
    upon this working life [2014]

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