Such vigor, such enthusiasm
It wakes up the whole community.
Come see passion, come witness purpose.
Wake up, oh sleeping ones
And leave your shackles behind.
I don’t know what the dwarves’ annual salary.
Or if they had a 401k, floating holidays
Health insurance or stock options.
They had a love for their craft.
If we had the same
Oh the places we could go…
[Poem #38. The lines “Wake up oh sleeping ones and leave your shackles behind.” was taken from the song “Rise” written and performed by the band Ancient of Days, the remarkable band I played bass in and proud to have been a member of in 1998-2000.”]