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?
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