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The Petition (Revision) - Poem by Max Reif

The Petition
The political guy accosted me
at the entrance to the BART.
'Are you a registered California voter? '
I had to admit I was.
Bright and cheery: 'I've got three petitions
for you to sign—for clean water, clean air,
and education.' My guard went up.
It always goes up.

I glanced at the petition,
saw the phrase 'cigarette tax'.
I'd heard a radio show
about its pros and cons—
some educated people believe
it will take money away
from education, because people
will quit smoking,
rather than pay so much.

To his standard pitch,
I gave my standard response:
'Oh, that's the cigarette tax.
I don't know...'

'That's the one for education! '
he patiently explained,
but his patience
was fading a little.

'I'm not gonna sign today,
but can you tell me
the proposition numbers,
so I can do some research? '

'Just forget it! ' he said,
withdrawing the petition
along with any pretense
of patience, so I couldn't sign it
even if I had a sudden
change of heart, and couldn't
even see the numbers.

'OK, ' I said, descending
into the escalator,
and I was the cheery one now.

Max Reif


Comments about The Petition (Revision) by Max Reif

  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (2/21/2006 8:52:00 AM)

    Tai Chi Italy also had a comment on the earlier version of this, but I lost it. It made her laugh, was her main point. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Gina Onyemaechi (2/21/2006 8:41:00 AM)

    Well, you caught him out good and proper, speaker (is the 'I' you, Maxy?) . Good on you! Have a 10 for your sharpness, monsieur Reif. Smiling at you, Gina. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Education

  1. 101. The Petition (Revision) , Max Reif
  2. 102. Proverb... , Ravi Sathasivam
  3. 103. Education And Riches Both Go Hand In Hand! , Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  4. 104. Education! , Eric Cockrell
  5. 105. A Good Education Need Of The Hour! , Ramesh T A
  6. 106. Education And Delelopment , Asif Andalib
  7. 107. Oh! Education , neelabha mahajan
  8. 108. Good Family Life. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  9. 109. Girl Education , AYUSH golu
  10. 110. To Be Somebody , Aldo Kraas
  11. 111. Education, The Key To Success , Jonathan Karanja
  12. 112. A Self-Contained Education , Nyein Way
  13. 113. Education , Siawash Rustami
  14. 114. Bad Education , Ramona Thompson
  15. 115. The Fat Man And The Big Boy , Edward Kofi Louis
  16. 116. Nature Is Our , hasmukh amathalal
  17. 117. The Nature , hasmukh amathalal
  18. 118. Education , Asif Andalib
  19. 119. Harmony In Life , Ramesh T A
  20. 120. Ingredients Of A Good Life! , Ramesh T A
  21. 121. Indian Economy, Education , S.D. TIWARI
  22. 122. Education , Goodenough Sakhile Dlamini
  23. 123. Educate Woman , Saudatu Kabir
  24. 124. Quote 8 , Abdul Wahab
  25. 125. Education – The Beat Of The Street , C Richard Miles
  26. 126. If You Want To Succeed , Randy Johnson
  27. 127. Schools For Deprived Children. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  28. 128. What Is Rape , gajanan mishra
  29. 129. Rocks And Stones , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  30. 130. Education , Gbolagade Taiwo
  31. 131. A Boon Nature Is For Man! , Ramesh T A
  32. 132. The Education , Jerry Abrahamson
  33. 133. Happiness Isn'T A Choice , Christian Hudak
  34. 134. The Light Of My Life , Alvin Word Speaker Tatlhego
  35. 135. Education Is The Key To Succes , mohd abdul majid
  36. 136. The Failing Education System , yashika frin
  37. 137. Where Is Heaven , gajanan mishra
  38. 138. A Tom & Jerry Story Ever! , Ramesh T A
  39. 139. Begging Public For Money , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  40. 140. Minister Of Education , Kevin Patrick
  41. 141. Poet And Peasant Iv , Morgan Michaels
  42. 142. Girls Have Rights Too , Hebert Logerie
  43. 143. The Key To Life , Stanley Oguh
  44. 144. Will I Make It? , Bantu Ngcephe
  45. 145. Ageless Knowledge , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  46. 146. All Of It Is Educational , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  47. 147. A Change Dream Of All! , Ramesh T A
  48. 148. Poor Education , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  49. 149. Culture , oskar hansen
  50. 150. The Company Of The Virtuous People Is Sa.. , Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
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