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Tuesday, September 27, 2011


by Bill Costley

A time-traveller asks
the R-presidential candidates
to discuss welfare: First
they call it workfare, then
they call it payfare.

Lacking any idea
of a life worth living,
they won't consider
population control;
finally reaching a really
Repugnant Conclusion:

A world of miserable people
is more affordable than
a world of happy people.

Bill Costley has served on the Steering Committee of the San Francisco Bay area chapter of the National Writers Union. He lives in Santa Clara, CA. The latest volume ( Number Eleven)  of Costley's  New Verse News epic The Chen@id can be accessed by clicking here.