Commentary and Philosophy Poetry posted June 8, 2014

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Quatrains in iambic tetrameter and abab rhyme

A Father's Advice

by rhymelord

If you can take an outright lie and spin it
To seem like Gospel truth in public eyes
If you can run a race and fail to win it
Yet fix it so you still procure the prize
If you can answer each and every question
On TV's "Meet the Press" or such event
And leave the host with verbal indigestion
Still wondering just what the hell you meant
If you can wheel and deal with those around you
And work it so you get the inside track
And don’t permit your ethics to confound you
From taking all and giving nothing back
If you can deal with triumph and disaster
And, from the former, garner all the fame
While, with the latter, show that you're the master
By making sure another takes the blame
If you would sell advantage to the sinful
And fill your coffers up with crook-ed cash
Or gather suckers' votes in by the bin full
With weasel words and offerings of trash
If you would fill your every waking hour
With promises of good things to be shared
Then drop them all the moment you're in power
Explaining that they've merely been deferred
If you can preach of altruistic service
While doing what is best for number one
And switch allegiance as it suits your purpose
Then politics was made for you, my son

Quatrain Poetry Contest contest entry


Kipling wrote "If", one of my favourite poems, which dealt with the good attributes to which a boy should aspire. This takes a more cynical view. Please don't blame Kipling.
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