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Saturday, June 11, 2011


by Jean Thurston Liebert

                                    “The sky is falling!” he cried as he ran.
                                    Panic spread quickly across the land.
                                    Paul Ryan assured him it wasn’t so.
                                    He would use a little ‘Sleight-of-hand.’

                                                Entitlements had to go.
                                                Social Security and Medicare
                                                Cost more than we could bear.
                                                He would put an end to this nightmare.

                                    Soon Chicken Little will have vouchers galore.
                                    Privatization will be here to stay.
                                    My advice to all chickens I know:
                                    Stay alert.  Your vouchers are next to go.

Jean Thurston Liebert
, age 92, lives in Corvallis, Oregon. She writes poetry, short stories and a novella, Another World.  Her published work is included in Apricot Memories, a non-fiction history of the apricot industry in California; Linn Benton Community College’s Collections; the Oregon Writers Colony anthology, Take a Bite of Literature and The New Verse News. Her 2010 fiction was cited as notable by Oregon Writers Colony.