Echoes

ColumnistMay 18, 2017 

he told

the graduates

about his

first day

on

the buick

oldsmobile

pontiac

assembly

line

eight hours

slow

confused

good pay

excellent

benefits

friends

stayed

retired

there

job done

by robots

now

he had

baled hay

sacked

groceries

sold farm

machinery

pumped

gasoline

after

washing

car

windows

a customer

suggested

he might

consider

returning

to school

spent

a summer

in check

collection

department

at federal

reserve

hotel night

clerked

for rent

right after

marriage

refereed

a little

once

properly

degreed

he became

a preacher

asking

rhetorically

if that was

his calling

then

referring

such

inquiries

to the

smeared

windshield

recipient

or jesus

story

praising

a dishonest

manager

for marking

down

borrowers

bills

to curry

favor

he concluded

congratulations

everyone

maybe

some

of us

just

arent

made

for

honest

work

applause

was modest

plans are

underway

to invite

a more

accomplished

well known

speaker

next year

h.

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