Poem

The Development Set by Rost Coggins

THE DEVELOPMENT SET
Rost Coggins

Excuse me friends, I must catch my jet
I am off to join the development set
My bags are packed, and I have had all my shots
I have travelers’ checks and pills for the trot

The Development Set is bright and noble
Out thoughts are deep and our vision global
Although we move with the better classes
Our thoughts are always with the masses

In Sheraton hotels in scattered nations
We damn multinational companies
Injustice seems so easy to protest
In such seething hotbeds of social unrest

We discuss malnutrition over steaks
And plan hunger talks during coffee breaks
Whether Asian floods or Africa drought
We face each issue with an open mouth

We bring in consultants whose circumlocutions
Raise difficulties for every situation
Thus guaranteeing continued good eating
By showing the need for another meeting

The language of the Development Set
Stretches the English alphabet
We use swell words like ‘epigenetic’
‘Micro’, ‘Macro’ and ‘Logarithmetic’!

Development set homes are extremely chic
Full of carvings, curios and draped in batik
Eye-level photographs subtly assure
That your host is at home with the rich “n” poor

Enough of these verses ­ on with the mission!
Out task is as broad as the human condition!
Just pray to God the biblical promise is true:
The poor ye shall always have with you.

-Rost Coggins
(from “Lords of Poverty” by Graham Hancock)
http://www.etext.org/Politics/Progressi … ossCoggins

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