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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. 1. The Petition (Revision) , Max Reif
  2. 2. Proverb... , Ravi Sathasivam
  3. 3. Education And Riches Both Go Hand In Hand , Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  4. 4. Education! , Eric Cockrell
  5. 5. A Good Education Need Of The Hour! , Ramesh T A
  6. 6. Education And Delelopment , Asif Andalib
  7. 7. Oh! Education , neelabha mahajan
  8. 8. Good Family Life. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  9. 9. Education , Gbolagade Taiwo
  10. 10. Human Rights , Shifa Tauqir
  11. 11. To Be Somebody , Aldo Kraas
  12. 12. A Self-Contained Education , Nyein Way
  13. 13. Education , Siawash Rustami
  14. 14. The Key To Life , Stanley Oguh
  15. 15. What Is The Purpose Of Education And Pro.. , umaprosad das
  16. 16. Bad Education , Ramona Thompson
  17. 17. The Fat Man And The Big Boy , Edward Kofi Louis
  18. 18. Nature Is Our , hasmukh amathalal
  19. 19. The Nature , hasmukh amathalal
  20. 20. Education , Asif Andalib
  21. 21. Harmony In Life , Ramesh T A
  22. 22. Education , Goodenough Sakhile Dlamini
  23. 23. Quote 8 , Abdul Wahab
  24. 24. If You Want To Succeed , Randy Johnson
  25. 25. Education – The Beat Of The Street , C Richard Miles
  26. 26. Education Celebration , Lone Dog
  27. 27. Schools For Deprived Children. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  28. 28. What Is Rape , gajanan mishra
  29. 29. Rocks And Stones , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  30. 30. Young Girls...Beware! (Creolese) , CHERYL winter
  31. 31. An Inspiration Named “mr.Rajarathinam”…m.. , Uma Ram
  32. 32. A Boon Nature Is For Man! , Ramesh T A
  33. 33. Happiness Isn'T A Choice , Christian Hudak
  34. 34. The Light Of My Life , Alvin Word Speaker Tatlhego
  35. 35. Mirroring The Shades Of Me* , Mrs. Cynosure
  36. 36. Where Is Heaven , gajanan mishra
  37. 37. A Tom & Jerry Story Ever! , Ramesh T A
  38. 38. Begging Public For Money , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  39. 39. Girls Have Rights Too , Hebert Logerie
  40. 40. Poet And Peasant Iv , Morgan Michaels
  41. 41. Educated Woman , Catherine Mancini
  42. 42. Will I Make It? , Bantu Ngcephe
  43. 43. The Company Of The Virtuous People Is Sa.. , Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  44. 44. Ageless Knowledge , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  45. 45. Culture , oskar hansen
  46. 46. All Of It Is Educational , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  47. 47. Poor Education , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  48. 48. Versailles' Gardens , gershon hepner
  49. 49. Common Sense , Audrey Heller
  50. 50. I Wish I Was A Youth. , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
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