shop talk

a man works
under the best conditions and the
worst
and the work will
bear witness to his
durability and
intent;
there are no
chosen men–
excellence arrives with the
practice of living
as truly as possible
and
the work
which follows is
the evidence of
what has
preceded.

here, in this
arena, there are no
secret ways, no
special access:
just one man
alone
facing the
odds,
he works on
even
while losing
saving what can be
saved.

the centuries concede
nothing;
the work is the
residue
an odd miracle
not similar in
granduer to
anything about or
about to be
about.
even this work
here
talking about
work
can quit
at once
giving almost every-
body some
pleasure.