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Saturday, May 01, 2010

laid off

laid off
he tends his garden
May Day

I've just posted this at Gillena's blog. Happy May Day to all, especially to the workers of the world, employed or not.

8 Comments:

Blogger Frank Williams said...

An evocative observation, Bill...

3:43 PM  
Blogger Marcel Peltier said...

Retired, I make in the same way.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, Frank.

I'm retired, too, Marcel. Much better than being laid off.

9:37 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Monika said,"Lovely senryu. I like the implied social criticism."

My apologies, Monika. I meant to hit "publish," but I hit "reject" by accident.

On social criticism: I intend 3 senses of "May Day":

1) A day celebrating rebirth and fruitfulness

2) International Workers' Day

3) A distress signal

There's also an ironic reference to Voltaire's "Cultivate your garden," from "Candide." Voltaire is widely considered a radical, but I regard "Candide" as one of the founding documents of bourgeois culture.

12:07 PM  
Blogger John McDonald said...

nice one bill I'll echo your words for the workers
john

1:18 AM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thanks, John.

12:03 PM  
Blogger Magyar said...

...another fine thought Bill. _m

4:43 PM  
Blogger Bill said...

Thank you, Doug.

7:15 PM  

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