Stewart Acuff

Sep 17


Written by Stewart Acuff

Words fail as they do for us

Who struggle to spell out a heart in letters

Of course, words didn’t fail Lincoln at the

Second Inaugural or Gettysburg

Or Churchill as the Nazi bombs fell

Or Solomon in his song of love

Or Chief Joseph “I will fight no more forever”

Or Tom Jefferson “We hold these truths”

But I struggle to find words

I examine my heart

I plumb the depths of my soul

To express all that fills me with love and

Adoration for you, for you all the time

Adoration that just is, not dependent on

Anything. It just is.

© Creative Commons Copyright 2012


Stewart Acuff is America’s best-known and foremost labor organizer. He is the former organizing Director of the AFL-CIO. Acuff has also written two books: Playing Bigger Than You Are: A Life in Organizing, and Getting America Back to Work, coauthored by Dr. Richard Levins.

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