A Few Words Of Encouragement
For Those
Who Deserved Better

If despite some confusion
You’ve drawn the conclusion
That you’re an unpopular man,
With no reason nor rhyme
As to what was your crime
’Gainst your cohabitees or your clan.

If it isn’t bad breath,
You’re not Lady Macbeth,
Jack the Ripper, or some other swine,
Yet they still aggravate you,
Despise you and bait you,
It’s them not you, who’s asinine.

For it’s well testified
That the most villified
Of all men weren’t deserving of hate,
Let contemporaries scoff
At the modern Van Gogh,
Our grandchildren will realise he’s great.

And forget not that fellow,
A pacifist, mellow,
They ostracised like a pariah,
He was spat on, denied,
In the end, crucified,
Yet today they call him the Messiah!

[The above was first published in the 1987 anthology We’re Coming For Your Telecom Shares].

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