The lady in the welfare office is banging on again,

why do you move so often you need to get a life plan!

The recipient once more belittled tries to explain

it’s difficult to live more than 40% below the poverty line

in a supposed developed country.

But the highly paid worker has heard this song far too long,

got several pay rises due to the hardship of listening to the whiners.

Dole has not changed for 25 years

and how much has daily cost of life risen?

Landlords prefer those with jobs and income

Beggars can’t be choosers!


Carrot Ranch Challenge, April 11, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers.” You can play with the words, alter them or interpret them without using the phrase. Give it any slant you want — show what it means or add to its  meaning. Go where the prompt leads!