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A Funny Poem for the Times

Our Kind

Our mother knew our worth—
not much. To her, success
was not being noticed at all.
“If we can stay out of jail,”
she said, “God will be proud of us.”

“Not worth a row of pins,”
she said, when we looked at the album:
“Grandpa?—ridiculous.”
Her hearing was bad, and that
was good: “None of us ever says much.”

She sent us forth equipped
for our kind of world, a world of
our betters, in a nation so strong
its greatest claim is no boast,
its leaders telling us all, “Be proud”—

But over their shoulders, God and
our mother, signaling: “Ridiculous.” ~ William Stafford

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Source: Political Cartoons

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