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And the fine will be ...

And lo, it came to pass that with

Few jobs and a shortage of money

Fines for misdemeanours followed

The course of the great depression,

When food became legal tender,

And twenty potatoes was enough to

Clear a fine for running a red light.


Two carrots and a stick of celery,

Paid the price for being caught out

On the street without due cause,

Whilst a sack of flour and two

Chickens kept the taxman at bay.


Attempting to illegally board a train

However, reaped a much heavier

Penalty, when the cops in company

With a FedEx van claimed the

Contents of a lady’s fridge and

Chest freezer.


Pleasuring a man in the park,

Gave a dozen bananas a new

Lease of life, but still dissatisfied,

The court sitting on a Sunday,

Demanded an additional sum

Of two leeks and a coconut.


© Joseph G Dawson

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