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Why Should I Give You A Dollar

A man came up to me at the railway station
and yelled at me "give me a dollar"
I yelled back "No"

Taking a seat beside the track
he came up and pretended 
to be a different person

asking "why didn't you give that man a dollar"
I replied "I got up this mornng at five thirty
I've worked a double shift, it's now ten o'clock at night

I'm going home, I've got a mortgage 
and lots of other problems, 
why should I give him a dollar,

I've worked hard for my wage
why can't he work hard for his
kids sit of unemployment benefits

they lie to get more money
surely they could get a job
and earn a wage to be proud of themselves 

with a job come's self respect,
with a job come's your parents respect, 
with a job you don't have to ask for my dollar".

Copyright © Bernard Barclay


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  1. Date: 9/9/2015 2:23:00 PM

    Bernard, thank you for sharing. A pleasure to read... SKAT
  1. Date: 8/30/2015 2:01:00 PM

    I like the message in this poem. Well told. You might need to run the spell check on this (mortgage). : ) Nice write