Francis Duggan

Small Town Talk - Poem by Francis Duggan

One does grow tired of hearing small town talk another name for idle chatter
Of Local gossip and Local news things that hardly seem to matter
In the much bigger World out there where everyone's your rival
Where people compete with each other for jobs and for personal power and even for survival.

'Tis a rat race in the bigger world out there where people are not interested
On how much money on his girl friend's engagement ring some local braggart has invested
If you are struggling for a crust such stories you do find boring
The small town talk you only see as something worth ignoring.

You work hard for a better life for your wife and children and life is an uphill battle
Your old car not going well of late in it's engine there's a rattle
Your children need new books for school and the cost of living rising
And that you have no time for idle talk does not seem so surprising

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 18, 2008

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