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Give Us This Day

A May Day Poem

Give us this day
Our daily bread
Give us this day
For we, the nearly dead

Give us this day
The under-appreciated masses
Give us this day
For hard hats and safety glasses

Give us this day
Who rise to catch the day's first bus
Give us this day
Chasing notes that read, "In God We Trust"

Give us this day
That teach us well, the teachers
Give us this day
That forgive us all, the preachers

Give up this day
For the smile on the face of the lunch counter waitress
Give us this day
For she works for tips for her daughter's graduation dress

Give us this day
For the farmer who toils in the field
Give us this day
Let them reap a big yield

Give us this day
The working man, the artisan
Give us this day
The migrant worker, the American

Give us this day
The firemen, the cops on patrol
Give us this day
The men of the deep, the miners in a hole

Give us this day
To those who fish the seas
Give us this day
To those who harvest the trees

Give us this day
For those who think forward
Give us this day
For those who bend backward

Give us this day
Give us this day
And we will call it May Day
For we will call it May Day
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