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Fanfare for Workers Poems and and Narrations

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0 Poem: Work by Henry van Dyke (1852-1933)

Work as portrayed on The Wisconsin State Seal:
1 Reading: A reading from John Seymour (The Self-Sufficient Life):

The Work of Farmers:
2a Poem: Plowboy - by Carl Sandburg

3 READING: The words of 80-year old farmer Fred Mitchell, as quoted in Ronald Blythe's 1960's study - Akenfield, Portrait of an English Village.

3a Quote "But there was always singing - the boys in the field, the chapels were full of singing. I have had pleasure enough; I have had singing."

4 Reading: Ralph Waldo Emerson said in an essay back in 1871, 'If a man can write a better book or preach a better sermon, or make a better mouse trap than his neighbor, even if he builds his house in the woods the world will make a beaten path to his door.'

The Work of Miners:
5a Reading: "On Mining" the words of miner Joe Haynes interviewed by Studs Terkle in his book, Working 5B Poem: They will Say CARL SANDBURG

The Work of Shippers and Sailors:
6a Poem: from Down at the Docks by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay

7a Poem: Fish Crier by Carl Sandburg

The Work of Manufacturers:
8A Reading: "What the woman who labors wants is the right to live, not simply exist... the worker must have bread, but she must have roses, too." - Rose Schneiderman

8B Poem: If thou of fortune be bereft
9a Interview: Lavelle worker?

The Work of Essential Workers
9b Reading: From "Facing the Challenge of a New Age," address delivered at the First Annual Institute on Nonviolence and Social Change on Dec. 3 1956, Montgomery Alabama. (In The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., Volume III: Birth of a New Age, December 1955-December 1956, University of California Press, 1997)

10a POEM Street Cries by Sidney Lanier

11a Reading: Sonnet? By Mohamed Nasir

The Work First Responders, Healthcare Professionals

12a Reading: I don't know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve. - Albert Schweitzer

12b Poem: No Man is an Island - John Donne

The Work of Education
13a Reading: Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats

13b A good teacher is like a candle - it consumes itself while it lights the way for others.

13c It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge. - Albert Einstein

13d No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness, and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure. - Emma Goldman

13e Poem: To be of Use - Marge Percy