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He was found by the Bureau of Statistics to be
One against whom there was no official complaint,
And all the reports on his conduct agree
That, in the modern sense of an old-fashioned word, he was a
For in everything he did he served the Greater Community.
Except for the War till the day he retired
He worked in a factory and never got fired,
But satisfied his employers, Fudge Motors Inc.
Yet he wasn't a scab or odd in his views,
For his Union reports that he paid his dues,
(Our report on his Union shows it was sound)
And our Social Psychology workers found
That he was popular with his mates and liked a drink.
The Press are convinced that he bought a paper every day
And that his reactions to advertisements were normal in every way.
Policies taken out in his name prove that he was fully insured,
And his Health-card shows he was once in hospital but left it cured.
Both Producers Research and High-Grade Living declare
He was fully sensible to the advantages of the Instalment Plan
And had everything necessary to the Modern Man,
A phonograph, a radio, a car and a frigidaire.
Our researchers into Public Opinion are content
That he held the proper opinions for the time of year;
When there was peace, he was for peace: when there was war, he went.
He was married and added five children to the population,
Which our Eugenist says was the right number for a parent of his
And our teachers report that he never interfered with their
Was he free? Was he happy? The question is absurd:
Had anything been wrong, we should certainly have heard.

Date: 2010-10-09 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This would be the anti-you? I can't imagine anyone who would be farther from you than this man.

Date: 2010-10-11 04:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It wasn't really meant so much as a statement as just...something that struck me. How many people live like this?

Date: 2010-10-11 11:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't imagine it. I'm not even sure I would want to know such a man.

Date: 2010-10-12 03:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
But they are legion, are they not? Most of humanity, wandering around, never noticed, never commented upon. They wax and wane and fade away and are remembered no more, not by anyone after a generation or two--just a name on a headstone.

Date: 2010-10-13 02:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In a way, I suppose. But they most people have their little eccentricities and many have their little moments of glory. To find someone truly that bland would be a bit harder to find.

Date: 2010-10-22 07:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
....It's a poem, carp. Not to be taken literally, but more as a statement of how the world sees so many of its citizens, and how many people pass by and through without leaving a mark.


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