An Ode To Public Servants

Ten public servants standing in a line,
one of them was downsized – then there were nine.

Nine public servants who must negotiate,
one joined the union – then there were eight.

Eight public servants thought they were in heaven,
’til one of them was redeployed – then there were seven.

Seven public servants, their jobs as safe as bricks,
but one was reclassified – then there were six.

Six public servants trying to survive,
one of them was privatised – then there were five.

Five public servants ready to give more,
but one golden handshake reduced them to four.

Four public servants full of loyalty,
their jobs were advertised – then there were three.

Three public servants under review,
one left on secondment – then there were two.

Two public servants coping on the run,
one went out on stress leave – then there was one.

The last public servant agreed to relocate,
replaced by 10 consultants at twice the hourly rate.



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