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The Petition (Revision) - Poem by Max Reif

The Petition
The political guy accosted me
at the entrance to the BART.
'Are you a registered California voter? '
I had to admit I was.
Bright and cheery: 'I've got three petitions
for you to sign—for clean water, clean air,
and education.' My guard went up.
It always goes up.

I glanced at the petition,
saw the phrase 'cigarette tax'.
I'd heard a radio show
about its pros and cons—
some educated people believe
it will take money away
from education, because people
will quit smoking,
rather than pay so much.

To his standard pitch,
I gave my standard response:
'Oh, that's the cigarette tax.
I don't know...'

'That's the one for education! '
he patiently explained,
but his patience
was fading a little.

'I'm not gonna sign today,
but can you tell me
the proposition numbers,
so I can do some research? '

'Just forget it! ' he said,
withdrawing the petition
along with any pretense
of patience, so I couldn't sign it
even if I had a sudden
change of heart, and couldn't
even see the numbers.

'OK, ' I said, descending
into the escalator,
and I was the cheery one now.

Max Reif


Comments about The Petition (Revision) by Max Reif

  • Rookie - 7 Points Max Reif (2/21/2006 8:52:00 AM)

    Tai Chi Italy also had a comment on the earlier version of this, but I lost it. It made her laugh, was her main point. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Gina Onyemaechi (2/21/2006 8:41:00 AM)

    Well, you caught him out good and proper, speaker (is the 'I' you, Maxy?) . Good on you! Have a 10 for your sharpness, monsieur Reif. Smiling at you, Gina. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Education

  1. 1. The Petition (Revision) , Max Reif
  2. 2. Proverb... , Ravi Sathasivam
  3. 3. Education And Riches Both Go Hand In Hand , Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  4. 4. Education! , Eric Cockrell
  5. 5. A Good Education Need Of The Hour! , Ramesh T A
  6. 6. Education And Delelopment , Asif Andalib
  7. 7. Oh! Education , neelabha mahajan
  8. 8. Good Family Life. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  9. 9. To Be Somebody , Aldo Kraas
  10. 10. The Light Of My Life , Alvin Word Speaker Tatlhego
  11. 11. A Self-Contained Education , Nyein Way
  12. 12. Education , Siawash Rustami
  13. 13. Bad Education , Ramona Thompson
  14. 14. The Fat Man And The Big Boy , Edward Kofi Louis
  15. 15. Nature Is Our , hasmukh amathalal
  16. 16. The Nature , hasmukh amathalal
  17. 17. Education , Asif Andalib
  18. 18. Harmony In Life , Ramesh T A
  19. 19. Education , Goodenough Sakhile Dlamini
  20. 20. Quote 8 , Abdul Wahab
  21. 21. If You Want To Succeed , Randy Johnson
  22. 22. Education Celebration , Lone Dog
  23. 23. Schools For Deprived Children. , Gangadharan nair Pulingat..
  24. 24. What Is Rape , gajanan mishra
  25. 25. Rocks And Stones , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  26. 26. Education , Gbolagade Taiwo
  27. 27. A Boon Nature Is For Man! , Ramesh T A
  28. 28. Happiness Isn'T A Choice , Christian Hudak
  29. 29. Mirroring The Shades Of Me* , Mrs. Cynosure
  30. 30. Where Is Heaven , gajanan mishra
  31. 31. A Tom & Jerry Story Ever! , Ramesh T A
  32. 32. Begging Public For Money , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  33. 33. Girls Have Rights Too , Hebert Logerie
  34. 34. Poet And Peasant Iv , Morgan Michaels
  35. 35. The Key To Life , Stanley Oguh
  36. 36. Educated Woman , Catherine Mancini
  37. 37. Will I Make It? , Bantu Ngcephe
  38. 38. The Company Of The Virtuous People Is Sa.. , Dr.V.K. Kanniappan
  39. 39. Ageless Knowledge , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  40. 40. Culture , oskar hansen
  41. 41. All Of It Is Educational , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  42. 42. Poor Education , RoseAnn V. Shawiak
  43. 43. Versailles' Gardens , gershon hepner
  44. 44. Common Sense , Audrey Heller
  45. 45. A Post-Queer Star , Nyein Way
  46. 46. I Wish I Was A Youth. , Rm.Shanmugam Chettiar.
  47. 47. A Change Dream Of All! , Ramesh T A
  48. 48. Learn, Earn! , Edward Kofi Louis
  49. 49. To Certify A Knowledge Obtained , Lawrence S. Pertillar
  50. 50. Pell Grants , Joseph Narusiewicz
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