5 Poems About Work

Let these poems about work encourage and motivate you to be the best that you can be. There are many times where we wish we didn't have to go to work, but ask the person who just lost their job how they feel. We should be thankful that we have the opportunity and the skills to do our jobs. These poems were written years ago but the poems still apply today. May the poems here be ones that will motivate and encourage you.


1. Work is The Ladder Upon Which Men Climb to Success 2. Make Hay While The Sun Shines 



  1. Not Worth Fooling With
    Poet: Strickland Gillilan

    What - "life is not worth fooling with?"
    You're right, my lad, you're right!
    Just spread that doctrine far and wide, and spread it with your might.
    Life never is worth "fooling with " this is the truth you're giving.
    It isn't worth the " fooling with," but it's wholly worth the living!

    You say it's "not worth fooling with " the task assigned to you.
    You're right again, impatient lad; the thing you say is true.
    Perhaps not in the sense you mean if so, there's trouble brewing.
    Your job is not worth "fooling with," but it's surely worth the doing!

    "No, tasks are not worth "fooling with" 'tis not what tasks were made for.
    You must not fool with them at all' that's not what you are paid for.
    The best that's in you, body, soul and mind, you should be giving
    To what your hands have found to do not "fooling" toiling, living!



  2. Who Is Your Boss?
    Poet: Unknown

    "I work for someone else," he said;
    "I have no chance to get ahead.
    At night I leave the job behind;
    At morn I face the same old grind.
    And everything I do by day
    Just brings to me the same old pay.
    While I am here I cannot see
    The semblance of a chance for me."

    I asked another how he viewed
    The occupation he pursued.
    "It's dull and dreary toil," said he,
    "And brings but small reward to me.
    My boss gets all the profits fine
    That I believe are rightly mine.
    My life's monotonously grim
    Because I'm forced to work for him."

    I stopped a third young man to ask
    His attitude towards his task.
    A cheerful smile lit up his face;
    "I shan't be always in this place,"
    He said, "because some distant day
    A better job will come my way."
    "Your boss?" I asked, and answered he:
    "I'm going to make him notice me.

    "He pays me wages and in turn
    That money I am here to earn,
    But I don't work for him alone;
    Allegiance to myself I own.
    I do not do my best because
    It gets me favors or applause—
    I work for him, but I can see
    That actually I work for me."

    "It looks like business good to me
    The best clerk on the staff to be.
    If customers approve my style
    And like my manner and my smile
    I help the firm to get the pelf,
    But what is more I help myself.
    From one big thought I'm never free:
    That every day I work for me."

    Oh, youth, thought I, you're bound to climb
    The ladder of success in time.
    Too many self-impose the cross
    Of daily working for a boss,
    Forgetting that in failing him
    It is their own stars that they dim.
    And when real service they refuse
    They are the ones who really lose.



  3. Let Me Do My Work
    Poet: Henry VanDyke

    Let me but do my work from day to day,
    In field or forest, at the desk or loom,
    In roaring market-place or tranquil room;
    Let me but find it in my heart to say,
    When vagrant wishes beckon me astray,
    "This is my work; my blessing, not my doom;
    "Of all who live, I am the one by whom
    "This work can best be done in the right way."

    Then shall I see it not too great, nor small,
    To suit my spirit and to prove my powers;
    Then shall I cheerful greet the labouring hours,
    And cheerful turn, when the long shadows fall
    At eventide, to play and love and rest,
    Because I know for me my work is best.

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