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The Spike [: or, Victoria University College Review 1957]

G. W. Barlow — 'The Peoples Voice'

G. W. Barlow

'The Peoples Voice'

He lumbers in, his own burden,
A mountain of malcontent,
Mumbles in his gravy
Abuse at the government.
The restaurant is lousy,
The food is not the same,
The waitresses are lazy
The government is to blame.
But something long forgotten
Has soured his middle years.

page 65

His flirting with the waitress
Now takes the form of jeers.
A stillborn joke as she passes
Brings no gleam to her eye:
"Enough to turn you off your meal
Enough to make you cry.
I hate the bloody government;
I hate this bloody place;
I hate all bloody governments;
I hate the human race."