Saturday, 21 September 2013

now the playing fields are level‏

the man in the bank offered cash
hand over fist

crisp notes

spend he said live and enjoy then pay us back
when you're feeling straight

up went the rent
in come a car
a new garage

new house aside which to put the garage
the new car

out went the rent

in come the mortgage
out went the laundry
offshore

never had it

the man from the bank had a good night
hand over fist

nobody won

at the end of the day the casino closed
mortgage turned to rent car to bicycle
house to bed-space

trick o' the light it appears

the tax payer mugged the banker
mugged the tax payer
mugged 

nobody won

but today the tax payer walks to work
whereas the banker traded the old porsche
for the latest model and the politician

the politician traded expenses for a higher salary
and greater allowances (longer holidays)
new apartments for themselves
their offspring
their aunties
and uncles
the wife
the lover
the mistress abroad
the banker's ass

while we endure
we must thank god
at least:

“we are all in this together.”


© Philip Johnson


 Philip has had work published in: Poetry 24, The Ugly Tree; Poetry Scotland, Emergency Verse, Write Away, Caught In The Net, Red Pencil, Writer's Hood, Transparent Words; Emergency Verse and The Robin Hood Book.

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