Jimmy Inlow

Grate Expectations - Poem by Jimmy Inlow

Why do we expect a Chinese factory worker
To care about getting the wiring right?
A competent call centre worker
to see straight to the heart of the matter?

A whore to want less if we're nice?
A ticket clerk to worry his head
that he gives us the very best price?
And a Happy New Year?

Sincerity from our government?
Recognition from our kids?
Forgiveness from our wives?
Presents from our mistresses?

Television to entertain us?
A book to steal our night?
A cheery song to lift us up
Porridge to be just right?

Ciggies not to kill us?
Kisses to make it better?
A jackpot hit from every pull?
Great sound from expensive hifi?

To be missed by all and sundry?
To be kissed by tall and sultry?
To be forgiven of all debt?
To stay perfectly dry in the wet?

A long and healthy retirement?
Our children to grow up smiling?
Sweet words upon our gravestones?
Poetry to rhyme?

Topic(s) of this poem: lifestyle

Form: Prose Poem

Comments about Grate Expectations by Jimmy Inlow

  • Kelly Kurt (9/24/2015 1:55:00 PM)

    A very well written and insightful poem, Jimmy. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Terry Craddock (9/24/2015 7:41:00 AM)

    Loved the originality and the way you string your thoughts together Geoff, keep writing, write what you feel, your unique originality belongs to you alone :) (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (9/23/2015 9:25:00 PM)

    pickled in mixed emotions, so many interesting contrasts, so many lines made me stop to think like 'A whore to want less if we're nice? ', fixed prices and expectations confront universal desires... (Report) Reply

    (9/23/2015 10:28:00 PM)

    Thanks for taking the trouble to read and comment. It is so helpful - I've wanted to write all my life, I think I'm good but doubts linger so comments are a good reality check for me.

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Poem Edited: Friday, October 2, 2015

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