The Garbageman

Down in the dump

Where all the rats live

Bred from the filth,

There stirs a king!

 

Weathered and gnarled

The garbage man sits

On a throne of rust and tin

Counting his piles of shiny trinkets.

 

Garbageman, Garbageman, Tell another lie!

“Yes sir, yes sir, I will try!

Once I was a rat just like you!

Indeed, Indeed! Then I found these shiny things in an old shoe!”

 

The rats they scurry between the mounds

Bringing him precious refuse

Paying all their tithes

For their hopes, for their dreams.

 

Garbageman, Garbageman, tell another lie!

“Yes sir, Yes sir, I will try!

This I promise, more and more pay the fine,

Indeed, Indeed, you will all have a kingdom like mine!!”

 

The trinkets turn to mounds

It takes days to count

Still all the rats

They remain furry and small.

 

Garbageman, Garbageman, tell another lie!

“Yes sir, yes sir, I will try!

I deserve all this crap, a lovely sum

For look at what I’ve become!”

 

The rats they all tire

Desperate to become great men

In exhaustion, they fall

Trampled by their kin.

 

Garbageman, Garbageman, tell another lie!

“Yes sir, Yes sir, I will try!

Worry not for the dead

Purge the impotent, bring strong rats instead!”

 

Slowly their legions, their hordes

Trickle out and wither

They die by the thousands until none are left!

What then, does the Garbageman say?

 

Garbageman, Garbageman, Tell another lie!

“Yes sir, yes sir, I will try!

Now extinct, useless are these rats!

Yes, I need a stronger breed, perhaps those old cats!”

 

Rotund and jingling

The Garbageman wobbles

Pulling his trinkets, the whole of the Garbage!

To find his next prey, in another old dump!

 

Garbageman, Garbageman, Tell another Lie!

“Yes sir, yes sir, I will try!

Come here old cats, A promise I say

A cat I was once, a Garbage man you will be someday!

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