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Mister, Minister, Honourable Pledger


Mister, you pledged roads tomorrow
We’ve been awaiting them for years
With tired mountain bags and legs

Mister, you pledged us bridges
But nothing happened at all
Except logs placed by village men

Mister, you pledged us hospitals
But we die weeping in the bush
Witch doctors never enough

Mister, you pledged us education
We want our children to learn
But get generations of illiterates

So shall we call you Honourable
But never honour your words?
Shall we call you Minister, though
You never serve your people?

But no, we’ll call you Mister
It's a common enough name
Also, we’ll call you Pledger
Because pledging is all you do


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