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The Land Of Lip Service

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The Land Of Lip Service

a searing indictment of 
contemporary American society 
just a bit of fun! 


They seem to have forgotten common courtesy, 
'Have A Nice Day!' rings so hollow, such a shame; 
they're so mired in mediocrity 
and no one ever, ever takes the blame. 

Overweight and under-nourished, 
over-sexed and under-intellectual, 
they preen and pose their way 
to self-importance, perpetually ineffectual. 

They clutch desperately on to their perceptions, 
their DVD's and plasma TV screens; 
they're rushing blindly to the brink of self-destruction, 
never caring for a moment what life means, 

so I'll have a cup of tea and read Jane Austen, 
self-righteous, showing smug English reserve, 
and laugh at all their cheesy indiscretions 
while I cheer their unimaginable nerve! 

Copyright © Keith Bickerstaffe

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  1. Date: 7/29/2014 7:40:00 PM
    that is fun.

    Bickerstaffe Avatar Keith Bickerstaffe
    Date: 7/29/2014 7:45:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thanks Michael.
  1. Date: 6/27/2013 1:39:00 PM
    A masterpiece of truth that needs to be circulated among the masses. Such apathy exists only among those who live their lives in smug contentment. \wonderful imagination you have

  1. Date: 6/24/2013 1:40:00 AM
    Very brilliant and thought provoking piece. Well done on your well expressed quill Keith. AO

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 5:11:00 PM
    Hello Keith, this is very nice indeed ;} have a great day ;}

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 9:30:00 AM
    Only if we could see the real world, live the real life. Beautiful................:):):)

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 3:52:00 PM
    Oh you Brits. Seas apart but still in our hearts. We can't help but love Downton Abby and English Masterpiece PBS series. They play well on Big Screen T.V.s bought from China.

  1. Date: 6/21/2013 3:25:00 PM
    Never caring what life means...isn't that the truth!!!! This is a great write Keith...sorry I'm not around so much these days...summer...and I love life outside this box..but a few people like you on here I want to keep in touch with...:-)