News from Somewhere
We are not responsible for the situation
We inherited, in fact,
I would go so far as to say,
It is always someone else’s fault;
That is my rule of thumb, except that
We are all in this together,
Having assembled here to reach an agreement
As to how to deal with the hordes
Massing on our borders.
Be careful not to make anyone else
Obliged to you or dependent upon you;
Even the lightest touch could become
The burden of generations;
Then again, aren’t we free, in the best of
All possible retail outlets? Although remember
Not to choose from more than six tempting
Items at a time or confusion may result.
The pursuit of our own goals and
The happiness we are all owed
Means never having to say we’re sorry
And aren’t we all now connoisseurs, our own
Experts, for which we need only Wikipedia,
Valid ID, a suitable credit rating and superfast broadband?
So let empires rise and fall and let
The wonders of nature, the Grand Canyon,
Your feature wall, continue to awe us
As we tread humbly and simply upon our way.