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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 4 – Masters)
Topic: Endless (01/09/14)

TITLE: Playing at Poverty
By Melanie Kerr
01/16/14


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My name is Mr Geoffrey Jones
And I'm a rational man
If I can live on fifty pounds
Then others surely can

I stand upon my mansion steps
Outside my oak front door
Announce that for the coming week
Iím planning to be poor

Iíll make the needed sacrifice
And give cigars a miss
A taxi to the office would
Be something quite remiss

Iíll use the local transport, leave
My Rolls Royce in the drive
And rush hour on the underground
Is something Iíll survive

The lengthy lunch? Good heavens, no
A sandwich in the park
A flask of coffee, ďNo FrillsĒ brand
Will surely hit the mark

Although I'm earning thousands
I'll spend just fifty pounds
And count my money carefully
To make it do the rounds

Iíll leave my fridge unplundered
Ignore the caviar
The lychees soaked in brandy
Iíll leave inside the jar

Iíll cook creative recipes
With pasta or with rice
No olive-laden sauces but
The meal will taste quite nice

Iím sad that my experiment
Takes place in warm July
And not in cold November Ďneath
A bleak and winter sky

Of course I have no rent to pay
No back-log pile of bills
No tablets for depression that
Across my table spills

I shanít face the indignity
Of forms or interviews
Or feeling oh so worthless by
Whatís written in the news

Iíll never be a sponger
A shirker or a slob
My family comes from money
So I donít need my job

My week will soon be over
How sad that yours goes on
Your poverty seems endless
While mine has promptly gone


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Noel Mitaxa 01/17/14
Simple, clever and oh so true of those who like to talk the walk on painful issues. Well done.
lynn gipson 01/18/14
Wow, this is awesome. Imagine a rich man doing this. It's a good idea, though.

Very well written with perfect rhyme and meter. Great Job!
Graham Insley 01/18/14
I enjoyed the irony of this well written poem.
Danielle King 01/18/14
Simple but superb poem. I too love the irony. Great job!
Amelia Brown 01/18/14
Claps and applause, whoops and hollas... Very well done! The ryhmes are superb and the meaning clear. This should be published in a book somewhere.
Lillian Rhoades 01/18/14
Creative and well-rhymed...
perhaps a little short on the topic. But my opinion might be "out-judged." :-)

Forget the caviar. How can one live without "olive-laden sauces?" :-)...among my favorite lines, btw.

Jim McWhinnie 01/19/14
Wow! Such a clever and tightly crafted work ... simply rang with its slightly satirical tone and street-wise rhythm

Loved it!
Judith Gayle Smith01/20/14
Sardonic and delicious! Do not stop poetizing!
Tabiatha Tallent01/20/14
Very enjoyable read. Great job.
Colin Swann01/21/14
Enjoyed your poem, it was an enjoyable read and perfect to fit the current topic too:'Making Ends Meet'.
Linda Goergen01/22/14
Wow! Very powerful in its simplicity! Great job!
Laura Hawbaker 01/23/14
Good job! Interesting take on the topic. Congratulations!
Kon Michailidis01/26/14
Very enjoyable! Well deserved EC selection. Reminds me of some short term missionaries. I would love you to have a go at writing about the professor at a Christian college I heard about who decided to be an atheist for a year.