For Neil, who gave me line 4
The Committee Man
In a room, I know not where
There sat a man who wasn’t there.
He’d come along when told to meet
Just a warm body in a another cold seat.
While debates drove others to despair
His mind was in a pool somewhere,
Or sipping champagne by the sea,
Or just off frolicking, wild and free.
Until the chairman, the rotten swine
With wicked eyes and teeth, canine,
Asked the man who wasn’t there
A question about some crook affair.
Reluctantly his mind returned
And move the meeting be adjourned.
© J Cosmo Newbery 2017
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