He had been born Harold
liked by some
admired and respected by many
most called him Harry
those who disliked him … other names.
He was rather proud of some
“ it’s a free world –
and I call people bad names, so if it’s ok for me …”.
He’d arrived in the country three decades earlier with nothing –
a builder’s labourer.
Now he owned a construction company
I never quite figured out my job.
There was always work,
things to do – busy
but it didn’t seem to be …. a job.
It isn’t said my boss,
but Harry says this country’s been good to him
and students need holiday work,
so every summer he employs half dozen or so.
it’s his company – no shareholders or partners, just him
he’s paying from his own pocket.