Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A Token Life

they do not sigh, pass-judgement,
back-talk, or give that evil eye, but
flash bright forever their acceptance
passive, with patience unlimited,
they wait disciplined in gaudy rows
a friendly arm outstretched

but if they could speak they would
say that the kids are left unattended,
that the glass has been filled by
the food they planned to buy, and
outside the sun is shining, and that time
is devalued by a token life

Richard Scutter 24 December 2009

Footnote ...

Australia has the highest number of poker-machines per capita than any other country. Apparently forty percent of revenue comes from 'problem gamblers'. The Government is trying to legislate to limit loss for those addicted.

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