European finance crisis inflation Life Money

The end of the penny dreadful

(because sometimes I have more bills than income)

Sculptures © A. Tallil
Sculptures © A. Tallil

Go to the king and pay your tithe
it’s wise it’s wise it’s wise it’s wise

no way around the lordship’s tills
it mills it mills it mills it mills

your groat is void and nothing but grime
without you gasping, it wanders in time
and if you do not fib or bribe
it joins the rich, but never your tribe

Go to the bank and pay your debts
it frets it frets it frets it frets

no way around those taxes’ bills
it kills it kills it kills it kills

your pennies are stocked in void and blank
without you puffing, they lose their rank
and if you do not fib or bribe
they go the rich, but never your tribe


  1. This was definitely one I could relate to, Eva! I wish we could all hold on to our pennies and be able to have more to show for all of our hard work! Hugs, Robin

    1. Thanks for stopping by again Robin, hope all is well with you: Yes, I have the impression that being middle class, it seems that every year I have less and less money. It all is gobbled up by taxes or insurances: A part from income tax, I pay dog tax (I am NOT kidding), car tax, property tax, water tax, waste tax, and tax on my savings (which have already been taxed through the income tax). And then there are all the mandatory insurances: Liability insurance, building insurance, car insurance, health insurance. And of course you have to eat and pay for the roof over your head, for heating, electricity, phone etc (you know the works)…An African friend once told me: I don’t want to live in Europe because I don’t want to live just to pay my bills…sigh…at the moment it feels just like it.

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