Don’t let the bastards get you down –

keep smiling when they try

to block your path although with no

observable reason why.

 

Don’t let the bastards label you –

with courage, patience, wit

you’ll find a way to hang on to

your own Identikit.

 

Don’t let the bastards break your will

however much they plot

to keep you firmly in your place

while they retain top spot.

 

Don’t let the bastards dig your pit –

please note that they may think

that you’re the bastard giving them grief

driving them to drugs and drink.

 

Don’t let the bastards grind you down

whoever they may be

even if they’re not really bastards at all

but are just like you and me . . .




First published in Lighten Up Online, December 2017