The Shake Of A Bucket By The Bargain Bin

The knock at the door
The rattle of a tin
The shake of a bucket
By the bargain bin

What pulls on the poor heartstrings
Also pulls on the poor people
From the cross at the top of the spire
To the wealth beneath the steeple

From local parishioners to PR practitioners
and the clipboard street sales pitch
To where the rich tell the poor to give their money to the poor
That were made poor by the rich

See the glossy ads and clever campaigns
For a celeb spawned heartfelt plea
See the vacant stares of millionaires
Here’s the ad you won’t see on TV………..

“We need to bomb another country
         and we need your support
                so dig down deep inside those pockets
                        and pledge what you can’t afford

It’ll be a great day when our schools and hospitals
Have all the money they need
And Westminster holds its own fun run
To fund its war machine

A star of old sells a wardrobe of clothes
And milks the working man
‘Fans’ regressive tax in sheeps clothing
The man that said he can’t when he can

See the more we give
The more they don’t
And the more we will
The more they won’t
And the more they don’t
The more we do
when cullled and coralled
In a catch 22

It’s a chance to help for those in need
On a double edged sword or knife
They preach to the poor their recourse is a force
That offers a reward in the next life

If I can help somebody as I pass along
then my living shall not be in vain

While the hooray Henrys and Henriettas
Quaff the best champagne

Now if you put that pound back in your pocket
You’re a skin-flint a non-caring soul
But misplaced caring to the poor and in need
Is as useful as no care at all

The knock at the door
The rattle of a tin
The shake of a bucket
By the bargain bin

© JB Barrington 2014

Matt Kenyon illustration on the working class

Image © Matt Kenyon Facebook:


About JB Barrington

The words & verse of JB Barrington; performance poet from Salford. Lovely stuff, touches heart strings and the odd raw nerve - Johnny Vegas Great poems; great delivery - Terry Christian A warm charm, a rapier wit and a real appreciation of words - Louder Than War
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