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Institutional insecticide

I am a civil service spider

caught up in tangled webs and revisions

Snagged by red tape and a plethora

of policies, procedures and permissions.

I am a bureaucratic beetle

my enthusiasm squashed and blinded

bugged by protectionists from on high

and by Mortein-mad ministerial minders.

I am a governmental gadfly

Who’s damn well trying to do his best

Using white ant wisdom when he can

to subvert the system’s managerial mess.

But it's a beneficial business

Life at the desk, not as sad as it seems.

I fly through weeks with full-paid flexitime

My sleep abuzz with superannuated dreams.

© eoinmacdhugai

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