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This isn't Your Ancestor's Tea Party

by Sandy M. Humphrey

They gathered solemnly at first
Heavy the weight of the unfairly taxed
Bleary eyed from having stared to long
Into the white light of the monitor
Filling in form after form
Trying first this angle and then that
Which would get them the most return
Or the least damage and owed
On the yearly put off as long as time
Allowed ritual of giving unto Caesar
That which was due and most felt
As if it were indeed a pound of flesh

Yet no barrels were being thrown
Into the harbor, not they
For Boston was not the port of call
It had been years since ancestry
Had staged that demonstration
And many a government has had
A hand in getting them to the point
Of this present day recession where
All seems gloom and doom
Especially when looking into there
Own wallets and then into the open
Hand of the Uncle Sam begging more

So it is a stool at the bar for the
Tea partiers and Long Island’s
All around for maybe it is with
A little libation another April 15
Comes and goes without adding
To much salt to the wounds
And they live to work another
Third plus of their wages before
They are through working to pay off
What they owe to the company
Store…”St. Peter don’t you call me
Cause I can’t go”…The port of call
Last Call…anywhere you choose.


Author's Note: Staging our own Tax Day Tea Party ( A Long Island Tea Party) as deadlines are met, efiles or snail mails are sent...maybe we will see you there.

Posted on 04/15/2009
Copyright © 2024 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 04/15/09 at 10:37 PM

I'm proud to be paying taxes in the U.S. The only thing is I could be just as proud...for half the money. Great write...so timely, CaChinG!!

Posted by George Hoerner on 04/15/09 at 11:34 PM

Lets see. If we did away with the military, Medicare, Medicade, reduced the complete federal staff across the board by half, we could cut our taxes a little. But then business would think we had more money to spend and just raise prices.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 04/16/09 at 12:54 AM

We have no issue with paying taxes, but don't think we need to pay for corporate mistakes, so I have mixed feelings about these Tea Parties I am seeing today.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 04/16/09 at 01:25 AM

You describe plaintively and in quiet resignation one type of tea party today. I attended a more vocal and proactive protest today. We didn't dump any tea but signs, and comments, and walking from city hall to the county seat of government was a peaceful but enthusiastic call for less spending, less taxes, less government!

Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 04/16/09 at 02:26 AM

It should be a hell of a show. This is something of a hell of a show itself.

Posted by Mary Frances Spencer on 04/16/09 at 06:26 AM

so....the 700 billion plus? didn't make a dent I guess...let's go drink something a little stronger perhaps? MFS

Posted by Elizabeth Jill on 04/16/09 at 02:40 PM

exceptionally written * exceptionally expressed

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