Sit Back in Anger

When Government Departments make

Your angry Passions rise,

Don’t tell the Press, for Heaven’s sake.

Such Action isn’t wise.


Go to the departmental Head

Or write to him, still better.

Don’t do your block, use Tact instead.

Provoke no vain Vendetta.


The Head’s Reply takes Time. By now

Your angry Mood’s abated.

His job is done. YOUR problem’s how

To get the Thing translated!


He has ‘inquired into the Matter,’

‘The position in Relation to-,’

He’s given the Former (and the Latter)

His ‘full Consideration’ too.


Thus patiently he treats your Case,

His trained Aplomb unshaken,

Saving his own Department’s Face-

And proving You mistaken.


This verbal poultice from his Pot

Of departmental Prose,

He plasters on the afflicted Spot-

The safest Cure he knows.


….Don’t rush, you Hotheads, to the Press!

Publicity’s not fair.

Don’t rashly add to the Distress

Head Office has to bear.


The Public Service’s Privacy-

Profane it not at all!

Why, What d’you think they’re meant to be?

At the Public’s Beck and Call?


By Whim Wham   1967, from the book Whim Wham Land.

The king of New Zealand satirical poetry, if I may say so myself.

About Jodie

It is only by questioning and discussing and attempting to view the world our childrens children will live in, that we start to understand that life isn't a linear process - it is a room of dominoes falling. Our world has a lot of special interests and stakeholders that by default, keep science undone, and economics hooked in the 1920's - resulting in governments that don't address the complexity that is challenging our world. From pollution to mental health (and the cost of food) to the health of our freshwater - it's complex and dynamic. What equilibrium do we want to reach - a healthy vital one or a suffering one?
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One Response to Sit Back in Anger

  1. Tee hee hee – but of course things have come so far since the 60's?????

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