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