Work Poems

Work Poems

Inspirational Work Poems

Some look at work as a burden they must shoulder and indeed it is a heavy yoke to bear. To a lucky few, work is a place to express their creative spirit. As we know there are some who cannot find a job to support themselves with honor. It is indeed a privilege to be able to support oneself.

23 Poems about Making a Living

  1. 1. Equipment

    Edgar A. Guest was born in 1881 in England, but his family moved to the United States when he was 10. It is believed that he wrote more than 11,000 poems. Guest wrote about family, work, children, and God. In this poem, he shows that each person has the ability to do amazing things, but we must each work hard to get to where we want to be. We must look within ourselves to find the strength and courage needed to do great things with what God has given us. This is a poem of encouragement and motivation. Within each stanza are sets of rhyming couplets.

    Figure it out for yourself, my lad,
    You've all that the greatest of men have had,
    Two arms, two hands, two legs, two eyes,
    And a brain to use if you would be wise.

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    I lost my wife Donna in April 2021. Edgar Albert Guest's poem is inspiring me to carry on and get on with things. Life is too short.

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  3. 2. Home And The Office

    Edgar Guest (1881-1959) shares valuable advice about enjoying time at home with your family, no matter the burdens that have been placed on your shoulders at work during the day. Home should be a place to let it all go and soak up the memories with those you love. Edgar Guest was known for writing poems about everyday life that had an encouraging message.

    Home is the place where the laughter should ring,
    And man should be found at his best.
    Let the cares of the day be as great as they may,
    The night has been fashioned for rest.

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  5. 3. Clinching The Bolt

    It needed just an extra turn to make the bolt secure,
    A few more minutes on the job and then the work was sure;
    But he begrudged the extra turn, and when the task was through,
    The man was back for more repairs in just a day or two.

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  6. 4. Only A CNA?

    I work in a nursing/rehab facility, and working with the elderly is a very rewarding job, yet sometimes our job goes overlooked. One day after a long shift, I came home and wrote about being a CNA.

    Who are you to refer to us
    As "Only" a CNA?

    We're the ones who wash and dress

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  7. 5. Work

    When we look at our work as a burden, we can quickly become discouraged and discontent. Often, people wish they didn't have to work, but there's a blessing in being able to work. To have a job is to have a gift. Henry van Dyke (1852-1933) challenges himself and others to change the way we look at our jobs. Even when work is challenging, exhausting, tedious, or overwhelming, let's look at the blessing we have.

    Let me but do my work from day to day,
    In field or forest, at the desk or loom,
    In roaring market-place or tranquil room;
    Let me but find it in my heart to say,

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  8. 6. My Wage

    This poem encourages us to get the most out of life and push the boundaries. Famous poet Jessie B. Rittenhouse encourages us not to become complacent. We need to keep pushing forward. Sometimes we aim too low, and where you aim, you will hit.

    I bargained with Life for a penny,
    And Life would pay no more,
    However I begged at evening
    When I counted my scanty store;

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  9. 7. Working From Home

    • By Phil J. Johnson
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems June 2017

    "I'm not in tomorrow - I'm working from home." What image does that create in your mind? We come across it a lot and for those of us left working in the office we wonder what really goes on...

    The grass needs cutting,
    I must mend the gate.
    I'm expecting a parcel,
    I hope it's not late.

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  10. 8. I Hear America Singing

    Walt Whitman was an American poet who lived from 1819-1892. Some of his poetry was controversial because of the nature of its content, but he is believed to be the father of free verse (but he did not invent this form of poetry). He is also seen as a "poet of democracy" because he wrote so strongly about the American character. In this poem, Whitman shows how America is made up of a variety of people. It's the stories of those people who make America the strong and unique nation that it is.

    I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
    Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
    The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
    The mason singing his as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,

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  11. 9. Alive

    There are a few things I do to clear my head or relieve stress, and running is one of them. The last time I went out for a run in the neighborhood, I remember thinking, "Wow, I feel so alive." That thought inspired me, and I decided to express that emotion through poetry. Hope you enjoy!

    When my thoughts are too heavy,
    My feelings too numb,
    When my heart is unsteady,
    And the tears start to come,

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    As an athlete, I like running, so I love the 2nd stanza.

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  12. 10. Slow It Down

    A few years ago, I had to make a conscious effort to ensure that the demands of work didn't consume all my time.

    Strive at work while you can.
    God knows it's why you are a man,
    But don't wait till the funds abound
    Before you get to slow it down.

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  13. 11. Easy Strides

    It is a little note to self, written at a time I found myself trying to do too much, too fast.

    There are times to hurry.
    Some things in life call for speed.
    But more than ever, I'm learning
    That pace is really what I need.

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  14. 12. A Day On The Farm, 1890

    Working a farm is one of the most demanding jobs there is. Imagine what it was like 130 years ago! This is the story of one farmhand's taxing day. Exaggerated? Maybe, but it may not be too far from reality at that time.

    "Cock-a-doodle-doo!" I heard.
    I really hate that lousy bird!
    I got home late from Betty Lou's,
    But now I've got my chores to do.

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  15. 13. Work/Life

    Hi, just your standard everyday guy who like to write whenever I get the urge...

    Day after day, same monotonous routines
    Work and more work is that all it means
    From this moment onwards until I'm old,
    Be walking to work, rain, snow and cold

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    This poem touched my heart because today youngsters are undergoing so much of stress in work. My son also has tremendous work pressure.

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  16. 14. I Am An Educator

    • By Jo Eaton
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems July 2012

    I am a teacher and I love what I do. April 17th I was sitting in a meeting where we were being informed that cuts were coming, we would have less for our classrooms, and the number of students in each class would be raised. I just began thinking, and the next thing I knew, my poem was finished.

    Give me less and expect more,
    Increase the number of students-unscored.
    Yes, increase them to where they sit out the door,
    But I'll exceed. I'm an educator.

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    I am an educator in a school where the principal would be seen after break running with a meter or so long whip and chasing students back to class. This is effective and teachers take the...

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  17. 15. Office Policy Change

    Wouldn't the work environment be wonderful if office policy including time to laugh every day?

    Stepping into the boardroom meeting,
    Stepped out of character too.
    Put a red slipper on one foot,
    On the other, a bright blue shoe.

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  18. 16. Take Me Away

    • By Sam
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems February 2009

    Just when you want to get away from that office routine and work and go somewhere alone for peace of mind and spirituality.

    For once I don't want a steaming cup of coffee
    and hear the clomp clomp of my boss' high heels
    for once in my life I want to be taken away
    to the rivers and mountains on my four wheels

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    I like the poem and understand where it is coming from. You know sometimes when there is sun all the time, people start to complain of the heat and wished there was rain. But then you when...

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  19. 17. Retirement

    There's a huge change in your life when it comes to retirement, but it's not all bad.

    Oh, the joys of growing old.
    No more work from nine to five,
    no hurry in the mornings.
    It's just good to be alive.

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    Thanks for writing this poem. I'm getting closer and closer, and I'm looking forward to the day.

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  20. 18. Middle Class Misery

    I am a very hard working middle class citizen who is tired of the government taxes I have to pay every week! Trying to find a little humor in it.

    Hopes dashed, dreams fade,
    Gotta go to work another day.
    Paid my money, bought my ticket
    Thought I could tell my boss to stick it.

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  21. 19. Lonesome Road

    • By Jason Gee
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems November 2014

    I'm a truck driver that spends a lot of time away from home. I have a daughter that I miss every day and can't wait till I get in to see her. So I sat down in the cab of my truck in South Carolina and wrote this for her. I put my heart and soul in it. Hope you like it. Thank you.

    As the miles pass by,
    I look down at your pictures and want to cry.
    When I talk to you on the phone,
    All I can think about is coming home,

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    My daughter would write poems like this when she was with us. This is an awesome poem. Good job! I've worked on the river for 13 years. 30 days on, 30 days off. Yes, I was like you, but now...

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  22. 20. What Is A Boss?

    • By Hollie Davis
    •  Published by Family Friend Poems October 2009

    Just a poem to tell our bosses how much they do for us each day!

    A BOSS is someone who comes in early and stays late.
    A BOSS is someone who says the nice things to cheer us up and the bad things to settle us down.
    A BOSS is a janitor who cleans up messes and sweeps them under the rug! No just kidding!
    A BOSS is a coach who stands behind their staff and says, "We are a team" and "There is no I in team!"

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    LOVE THIS POEM !! I just started a new job, and this poem is all about the Manager/Director of my Dept. in Customer Service. He is the man to work for !! Kuuuuudoooooos to him !!

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