on labor day marched with over sixty folk
wearing save the illinois state museum T’s
the viewers were sparse saw no city officials
state either marching or cheering from the
curb no guv of course scant media coverage
the real sight was ranks of union members
group after group each contingent wearing
its bright T shirt red gold green yellow-green
purple black-and-white – oft emblazoned
with intricate designs and logos – also the
heavy machinery that go with taxing jobs
fork lifts to cherry pickers – yes, candy was
flung to the kids but there is no candy for
workers who keep us going just more and
more pink slips for the unprotected such as
the bunch out at UIS working on digitizing
the lincoln papers 14 jobs smished in abe’s
home town to save the state their puny pay

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