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Friday, 2 September 2011

Social Contract

All that is asked
is that you not go mad.
Which is not such
a tough request,
But they will not be coming around
to see how we are doing.
There is important work to be done
to mend the damaged economy
and broken businesses,
who line the streets
asking for help.
And there are major
circuses to stage
but no bread for you.
Yet they are all
that stand between
us and the devils
who would overwhelm us
and steal our things.
Yes, be scared citizens
but DO NOT ask for help.
Just do not go mad
there's a good chap.

© Hamish Mack

Uncertainty for public servants as job cuts loom
Hamish is a 51 year old New Zealander. He has been writing poetry for a couple of years.


  1. Do I detect a hint of cynicism here?!

  2. Black humour here! Speaking as an English civil servant in much the same position, I fear I am losing the battle to hold on to sanity!

  3. They took my sanity along with my elevator pass.

  4. Yeah, just don't make a scene! We don't care if you're having a bad moment... just don't make a scene.