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Death & Taxes

by Tony Whitaker

Finality beyond your comprehension
For one ends only when the other begins.
One paid with sweat
The other, a final breath
What then?

What is life without taxes?
Payment for a privilege
To walk among the living
More privilege
More payment
More, more, more

For what is there in life without death
Always looming on the horizon
Waiting
Watching
Calling.
Then?

The End.

12/16/2006

Posted on 12/16/2006
Copyright © 2021 Tony Whitaker

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Alisa Js on 12/18/06 at 10:43 PM

Ah! yes, what a cynical way to express the reason for living...lol..lol...

Posted by Cassandra Leigh on 04/03/07 at 11:17 PM

The question marks have a really neat open-ended effect. Sort of leading the reader toward your conclusion without driving it home really... i think it works even better that way. Sort of like George Orwell. Nice job!

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