I wear this blue collar
badge of honour or crown of thorns
aching muscles remind
of who I am
what I’ve become
and what I might have been
had I not done…

Of what use is toil of heart?
Over hindsight ever so clear
As days greet us
do we not all judge what is best?

Though I mull
and reconcile
My blue collar crown of thorns
humiliates
emboldens
separates.

– Paul Jensen, 8 April 2008

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