Our little town like many others across America had a section where we had pushed to live those much needed workers, who migrated north, and did the work that we considered needed, but “below us”. In the Texas I knew, in the past, this was primarily a seasonal thing, coming in the back of open trucks, which was bringing in workers by what was called a Coyote, and well named too~! But still happy to pay the Coyote and have the much needed pay, and then returning home until the next harvest season.
These folks were hard working, pleasant, and so badly needed. Many laid down permanent roots and are the great backbone of our work force today. I saw the same in Europe mostly in Switzerland where Italians and other neighboring countries, migrate in, to fill the same vacuum and with the same energy for work.
Most of this is long past and now and I consider myself fortunate to have very good help, that I actually could not live without. But to find such help is getting more difficult and a person may not be able to get someone willing to perform a task that is still much needed. However we can blame ourselves and dumb politics for the situation. It is this vacuum that causes what my poem is written about, we may not find the hard working persons we admire, but may only find the “left over” of all nationalities and species, that are left behind, and were not desirable.
MAÑANA, SUFICIENTEMENTE BUENO
Need someone my floor to fix,
must deal with all those lazy dicks.
They want the work and smile at you,
making promises of what they’ll do.
But get them off their butt, to get it done,
is another problem which is not fun.
You hear them tell you on the phone,
I’ll do it tomorrow while you’re not home.
“mañana, ten otro trabajo,
más importante que el tuyo”.
Or if they are Somalian though,
it sounds something more like “berrito”.
What has now happened to pride of work,
getting a man who will not shirk,
or keep their word from day to day,
backing up what they had to say.
Guess the good men, one and all,
are having problems with a great tall wall~!
And we must live here in the swamp,
which has been drained by Donald Trump~!