Poetry Corner: Erectioneering vices

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In the quadrennial jubilee of the land
It is customary to receive free from their filled hand
In the season of freebies
There is a reason to be part of a donation spree
But who serves a free lunch?

In her eighties and infirm
Had been homeless too for a time
Had been so for more than a term
Had children who had left town to eke out an existence
It took the media time to inform
And an official visit to confirm

The Deputy heard just when we heard
And before any time could be spared
The pledge had been Vicely made
A pledge to erect a shelter
To provide her a protective cover
Against the vagaries of the weather

It took only a few days to commence a sheltering erection
Only a few months would complete the sheltering cover
For an incumbent Deputy needed an image erection

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In her twenties and delivered of quadruplets
Had been confined before the multiple births
Had an owner who used to be visible…responsible
An owner who had to flee before the quadruplets berthed
For the issue of issuing out quadruplets would be too complex to handle

It took the press to tell
And to sell the story so well
It took a formal visit of an old guard
To inform the camp of the new Aide-de-camp
Before any could say Jack
The promise had been uttered
A promise to release from a hospital confinement
A promise to sponsor a livelihood for mother and children

It took some travelling hours to donate free
It took the press to tell so well
For a new Deputy has an image to erect
A new Deputy has many more free tips to erect
…to be firmly erected

In the quadrennial jubilee of the land
It is customary to receive free from their filled hand
But who serves a free lunch?
In the spirit of, ‘you receive free give free’
It is customary to return a good deed
It is reciprocal to give free of a hungry thumb
In the quadrennial Vice erection of the land

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