Blog Post #1
The poem “To Be Use,” in my opinion is a business owner or a boss describing a good employee to me. People that own a business or are a leader in a business are always looking for a good hard working employee. They do not have time to deal with people that they have to literally make them do something. In “To Be of Use,” it states “I love people who harness themselves, an ox to a heavy cart, who pull like water buffalo, with massive patience, who strain in the mud and the muck to move things forward, who do what has to be done, again, and again.” The phrase shows just how much they value someone who does what they are supposed to again and again without being told.
This poem in my opinion doesn’t just represent manual labor. There are many jobs out there that are just as hard mentally. There are lawyers and politicians that actually fight for the right things and spend many hours studying and working to keep the rights of people protected. Hard work is not just represented in the hard labor you do, but it is also determined by the mental aspect of hard work as well. Hard work is something to be proud of, regardless of it being either manual labor or mental labor. “To Be of Use,” states “The people I love the best jump into work head first without dallying in the shallows.” This statement shows exactly how much just jumping into work is loved. Hard work is something to be proud of and will be noticed by everyone around you.