Poems of the Week

Keeping Down Appearances

by Steven Kent

“Bentley CEO says sales are down because the rich are experiencing ’emotional sensitivity’
due to the cost of living and don’t want to flaunt their wealth with a new luxury car”

We must eschew a Bentley, Jeeves,
But not for lack of gumption:
My sensitivity perceives
Conspicuous consumption
Offends the lower classes now,
And though they’re lazy shirkers,
Forbearance we must here allow
For fear of losing workers.
Such luxury’s too dear these days
On streets like old Manhasset’s;
Thank God we have so many ways
To hide our larger assets.