Poems of the Week

Show Us the Money

by Steven Kent

“US House Republican says pay bump would attract ‘credible people’ to office”
—The Guardian

Raise minimum wage? We are not on that page,
But a Congressmen’s paycheck won’t feed us.
Our $180K is a pittance today;
Can’t you see, friend, how badly you need us?

A clerk or a waiter can wait till much later
To gain a small raise or a perk here,
But we in D.C. crave a shot of esprit—
Can’t you see, friend, how hard we all work here?