TO CERTAIN JOURNEYMEN
UNDERTAKERS, hearse drivers, grave
I speak to you as one not afraid of your business.
You handle dust going to a long
You know the secret behind your job is the same whether
you lower the coffin with modern, automatic machinery,
well-oiled and noiseless, or whether the
body is laid in by naked hands and then covered
by the shovels.
Your day's work is done with laughter
many days of the year,
And you earn a living by those who say good-by today
in thin whispers.