Oh government servants you work and work
so of course you deserve all those endless perks

For days your sessions go overtime,
vacations you need to rest sublime

Limos must pick you up and deliver
‘cause driving your car may give you a quiver

Oh please, let us pick up your tab
for health insurance and your gift of gab

For fancy dinners where you drink and schmooze
working tirelessly so you never lose

Schemes and scams line your pockets,
hey, what about us, we put you in office

Shameless greed, you’ve had it made
It’s way past time for a new upgrade

Ok, we’ve had it, that’s enough,
try living like the rest of us…it’s tough

Tried my hand at an Epigram for tonights Open Link Night # 85 at dVerse Poets; Joseph Hesch is our host: http://dversepoets.com/2013/02/26/open-link-night-85/

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  1. amen sistah…lets march on the captial….smiles…ugh…yep…HOR members make $174 K this year…must be nice…my combines income doesnt even come to half…and what for….


    • I’m ready to hit the streets…I’m not kidding..I think that’s what it’s going to take! It truly is ridiculous that we’ve allowed this to happen… We need to limit their years in office and send them back into the public sector with no lifetime benefits.


  2. Sock it to ’em, Gayle! Nice flow and pointed message. Send it to your reps!


  3. Bravo! I second that! Let’s those perks, and after office jobs are say out of line.


  4. Oh Yeah…let them live like the rest of us…but they won’t they know how hard it is…and that political malaise is all over the world…give it to em I say. Great poem.


  5. A good and strong message here, Gayle. Good write.


  6. Ha! Think you’ve said it for everyone, Gayle.

    Hope you are feeling better.


    • If so many agree…why can’t we make the change? I wonder what it will take?

      Feeling so much better, Jamie…and thanks for thinking of me. Oh, I just remembered that book that you recommended…I think I erased the title with the other comments. Could you give it to me again please?


  7. Gayle: Amen, Sister! You tell it like it is!


  8. You said it all!! And perfectly, I might add! I’m showing this one to hubby–he’ll love it too.


  9. ha true…some of them would have a bad wake up when they had to let go of all the comfort their position gives them…


  10. Loved the underlying sarcasm. But does not the grass on the other side always look green?



    • Thank you, Shakti. No, the grass does not always look greener to me on the other side…maybe to some people, but not me.


  11. You should send this to Jon Stewart at the Daily Show! Loved the poem, don’t love its accuracy. 😉


  12. RL King

     /  February 27, 2013

    A very true write. While we all snicker at the ridiculousness of it.


  13. You say what so many of us are thinking, Gayle, and say it so well. Glad to see you at dVerse and am happy I am posting there after all.


    • Thanks for that, Renee. So glad that you have joined in at dVerse. A very supportive group who will really appreciate what you have to offer.


      • Thank you for your encouragement as always. I will pass on today’s offer, though, as it is a ‘form’ and I have never been able to emulate sonnets and what not. It just doesn’t make sense to me. I am artistic and forms tend to feel to me like math and I really have never liked math. So, I will write something again when I can write what pleases me most and that would be prose.


  14. I totally understand how you feel. I never liked math either! But I do like to try the forms anyway and know that I do not follow all the rules laid out…but try anyway. Many people do not conform to the rules and goodnaturedly do their own thing…it’s all good. No one gets uptight about it. But I completely support you in your choice, Renee. I’m glad you’re enjoying the group.


  15. Count me in! You did a bang up job describing the way they have it and it makes my blood boil! I wish for just once that all of them would have to live even ONE DAY like the rest of us. I kind of doubt they would be able to handle the reality of it. Sooner or later, something has to change. All empires fall. History doesn’t lie. I love my country but absolutely loathe our government. 😡


    • It makes my blood boil too, Corina…nothing gets under my skin like dirty politics and the waste of our government. I know how you feel. What goes around comes around…so they say.



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