In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project

In Search of My Father 2017 Writing Project
In Search of My Father, 2017 writing project supported by The National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Monday, 18 April 2016

THE SUNDAY TIMES POOR LIST

Coming soon, the annual Sunday Times Rich List.

We are wide-eyed, envious,
we read, we absorb, we compare,
the billionaires, the millionaires,
who's gained, who's lost,
who are the the powerful,
the wealthiest of the wealthy,
who earned their fortune with pride,
who to applaud, who to deride.

Such a list of rich and riches
brings out the worst in us,
a parade too delicious to resist,
a chance to tut and shake our fist,
prosperity v austerity, 
widening gaps, class division,
haves v have nots, cheers v derision,
rich, richer, richest, movers, shakers,
philanthropists, misers, givers, takers,
inheritors, workers and downright fakers.

But in this mea culpa era of politics and media,
of exposing tax dodgers and curbing the greedier,
in the interests of balance, a need to ensure
that we will soon be browsing
the Sunday Times List of The Poor.

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