Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Button It

Please press each day to say you're still alive
We need to save some cash so we're appealing
To older citizens to please deprive
Yourselves of human company and feeling

You worked hard all your life - now you're a burden
We can't afford to visit you each day
A button's so much cheaper than a warden
So press it, dear, and we'll know you're OK

Please press to tell us you're still drawing breath
We'll tick you off, forget you till tomorrow
Press 1 for still alive, just hold for death
You'll be transferred to automated sorrow

No frontline staff, we scrapped them in a meeting
Please press to tell us that your heart's still beating

© Janine Booth

Janine Booth lives in Hackney, East London. She writes and performs poetry, and has had three slim volumes of poetry published. Janine posts poems and political polemics at www.janinebooth.com