Wednesday, May 19, 2010

The Passionate Bureaucrat

For while my daily rage maybe diminished,
I assure you we are still not finished.
I bet by now you have stolen time
To edit
The Beginner’s Guide to Hell.
I trust you’ve cheated Charon of a dime
And somehow brought a blush to Jezebel.
I see you basting in satanic slime
Before deep-frying in your cockroach shell.

 -Michael J Astrue 

I loved this verse by Michael J. Astrue, the fifty-four-year-old head of the Social Security Administration in the US federal government. Both a steady civil servant, according to the article in first things, and an award winning poet.

"If I had to choose between betraying my country and betraying my friend, I hope I should have the guts to betray my country."
-E.M. Forster