Just Give Me What Is Fair….

All I ask is for a little extra,
Such as timbermen make for working in the forest or
Fishermen who ply dangerous seas, heaving to and fro
Among the waves, then having to clean the fish amidst
Such stink that cannot be dispensed.  Just recompense
What is fair, an extra portion for showing up on time, perhaps
Guaranteed retirement with full wages for a lifetime given,
Exchanged for election with my vote, my entreaty made….
Please, please, no austerity that might destroy a lifestyle,
Pension planned, already spent in dreams received,
Collected taxes volunteered— it’s only fair, this plea,
This bargain that was promised, this future
Now diminished, lost, taken by the Furies and the wind.


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