In the Hall of the Mountain of the Financial Aid Officer [Today's News Poem, February 16, 2011]
The yuppie code expels its vitriol,
Coffee breath and twinkled euphemism;
And searches for the worthiest to share
Pity, grant conditions, tsk-tsk sneering.
Obliged and bored but not yet jaded; pleas,
Thanks conform to all the forms of office—
Where clicks from a computer swallow grain,
Bankrupt revolutions, drill and drill and
If you can hope they'll ever feel ashamed
Then you fool, you'll shred the application.
"Are you better off than your parents? Probably not if you're in the middle class."
—Annalyn Censky, CNN, February 16, 2011: 4:30 PM ET
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