Poetry Challenge #102

Worker’s Holiday

Labor Day, called by some the “Worker’s Holiday,” is celebrated the first Monday in September and was signed into law on June 28, 1894, by President Grover Cleveland. Up until that time workers (including children as young as five) toiled twelve hours a day, seven days a week to eke out a living. Nowadays, thanks to the efforts of those early labor movement organizers, we Americans take fairer work conditions for granted. However, for the sake of this prompt, let’s pretend we are one of those early labor organizers, making up a chant for the Labor Day Rally.

According to Merriam-Webster, “a chant is a repeated rhythmic phrase, typically one shouted or sung in unison by a crowd.” Chants are short. (One or two lines at most), set to a definite march beat. Often they rhyme.

Hint: It might be easiest to find rhymes first. To that end list words that rhyme with labor, day, work, or others that come to mind when you think of Labor Day.

Ready, Set, March!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Kelly Bennett and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge over 1200 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge, let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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