What’s Required of Me

by | Nov 26, 1999 | Poems

Sip my coffee and I read the news
Reading about society’s views
Call my broker and do some lunch
Make a million on the back of a hunch
Look at you you’re so young and free
While I sit here wondering what’s required of me
Seeing truth turn into lies
Well constructed alibis
Rob the poor with a fountain pen

Suits and ties are in again
Reinvent your liberty
While I sit here wondering what’s required of me
Corporate giants make their profits leap
Single mothers cry themselves to sleep
Keep the price up if you can
Tell the boss that he’s the man
Stripped of all sincerity
While I sit here wondering what’s required of me
The latest craze for the middle class
Get it now because it will not last
We have to buy ‘cause we cannot rent
Tax deduction covers money lent
Don’t question the futility
As I sit here wondering what’s required of me
Change the boundaries to suit the game
Look for scapegoats, shift the blame
Gain ascendancy and gain respect
What you go for is what you get
Win at all costs innocently
While I sit here wondering what’s required of me
Pay for something that we can’t afford
Install the thing and call it lord
Hate the meek and love the proud
Never stirred and never bowed
Keep in line and wait patiently
And sitting here wondering what’s required of me
Keeping up the love pretence
Eyes that wander and jump the fence
Feel to moan but unlike before
You’ve got no idea what you’ve got in store
Redefining infidelity
While I sit here wondering what’s required of me
Watching couples walk down the aisle
Missing out on the latest style
Kissing babies that are not my own
living in the comfort zone
Avoiding notoriety
Just sitting here wondering what’s required of me
Cry for mercy and pause for grace
Wait too long and lose the race
Beg forgiveness and count the cost
don’t confess to being lost
Patronising charity
While I sit here wondering what’s required of me
You may say that I have a choice
I could be out playing with the boys
Chasing the dream of another win
Laughing at the thought of another sin
But I’m thinking about priority
And sitting here wondering what’s required of me