Saturday, 26 April 2014

Words in Motion 2014- Feature Poem of the Day for National Poetry Month

Dirty Water

Three men in a tub
The politician, the entrepreneur 
and the undertaker

Wet heads together 
They make slippery deals
Dirty the water while passing the soap
that never cleans, even when scrubbed
Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub 

Into a huddle they make
splash and foam until
the politician climbs out  
promises tucked close to chin, 
while the entrepreneur scrambles
with tax laws and penalties, 
as the wrinkles set in.
Rub-a-dub-dub, two men in a tub

The soap now a sliver 
as thin as the promises given, disappears 
Water cools and businesses fold
as the entrepreneur sinks under 
the soap-scummed water 
Rub-a-dub-dub, an undertaker in a tub 
wearing nothing
but a grin.

                                     Cathy Yard

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