Please don’t look down on me

I am a bricklayer

Don’t look down on me

The work is tedious,hard

Don’t look down on me

I carry tonnes of heavy bricks daily

Don’t look down on me

I sweat…..my clothes get soaked

Don’t look down on me

My clothes get very dirty and dusty

Don’t look down on me

I’m heavily encased in cement dust

Don’t look down on me

My palms are rough,hard and badly scarred

Don’t look down on me

My nails are disfigured and dirty

Don’t look down on me

I look like a ragamuffin at work

Don’t look down on me

It  pays  the bills

Don’t look down on me

My children’s school fees

Don’t look down on me

My rent

Don’t look down on me

My PHCN bills

Don’t look down on me

The vigilante levies

Don’t look down on me

Puts food on my table

Don’t look down on me

I cannot wear a shirt and tie,not practical you see

Don’t look down on me

I don’t wear tailored trousers, wouldn’t stand the test of time with, the heavy cement dust and mixture

Don’t look down on me

I can not speak Queen’s English

Don’t look down on me

But my aye is aye

Don’t look down on me

And my nay is nay

Don’t look down on me

My pidgin is coarse

Don’t look down on me

I am unrefined…unlearned

Don’t look down on me

But I keep my word

Don’t look down on me

Beneath the grime,lies a large heart

Don’t look down on me

I’m as responsible,as responsible comes

Please….don’t look down on me

 

 

By Solape Adeyemi