Sunday, February 19, 2012

Wisdom Without Wealth

Those who grew up believing that there were those
Who were born to do the chores to which they're not disposed,
Seem also to believe that the work of a mother.
Is strictly something with which they can't be bothered.

This is the message in the movie The Help;
Generational wisdom is something that's felt.
It should be valued more highly than gold
But these people often have nothing when they grow old.

Why aren't we sharing our pensions with them
Who loved our children from babies to men?
We shouldn't abide them living in fright
That they'll have no warm bed at night.

And what about those who cook our meals --
Do we give them truly fair deals?
We expect them to work for a small allowance,
Knowing their families have no chance.

Americans are supposed to have no castes,
But the untouchable mentality holds fast.
Those who do the most essential work
Are treated as if they are dirt.

The people who learn by years of doing
Have knowledge that is worth pursuing.
We should honor the wisdom they contribute;
Paying them well would be our tribute.