Writing Silly

Thoughts

Thoughts come to the mind.

Writing them down just for fun,

gives writers freedom.

Just for fun....

Source

Sorting through life

Unpleasantly surprised by some bookkeeping assistance that didn't itemize what I received back for several hundred dollars, I found myself trying to reconstruct five years' worth of tax returns.

Such a taxing effort (there's a pun there which brings my first smile of the day) is not what any writer would like to spend even the least amount of time doing, and it looks as if the effort will gobble up time better spent writing.

For relief, and to assuage the creative juices which are no less addictive and compelling than other peoples' demons, I settled on this momentary distraction to write something fun and silly.

The Taxpayer's Lament

Thoughts are easier to find than that illusive utilities bill.

I have the thoughts at my neurons ends.

But I'm darned if I can find that illusive bill.

It wouldn't do, your IRS rules to bend.

So into that year's box I dig and scan,

One more frustrated, loyal, citizen man.

Ahhh, there it is. One more nugget found.

Still to search for others I am bound.

If I had not worked so hard, to save some bucks,

I'd write a massive check and go hunting ducks.

I guess that to keep you happy in the end,

I'll stay the course, until I can call you "friend."

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© 2015 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Keeping friends happy is a major task, and well worth the effort. Keeping the Internal Revenue Service happy sometimes takes a major effort. Writing about the effort can be a writer's relief. So there it is. Now back to the receipts to try to make headway with a much needed review. Good luck with yours!


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pstraubie48 13 months ago from sunny Florida

Yes it can (in response to your comment)....Don't mess with the IRS has become a mantra I might be inclined to recite.

Wishing you much success in your efforts to find elusive documents.

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks for the good wishes and the reading. It's going smoothly so far.


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dahoglund 13 months ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I think I spend more time in worry about doing taxes than in actually doing them. The more streamlined taxes that have been proposed do have an appeal.


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rebeccamealey 13 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

Cute, and written so creatively!


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

dahoglund - Of all the things I happily procrastinate, taxes lead the list....though I am not really sure it is "happily." I agree with you. The time it is said to take is way off the mark, especially if you add in the time pondering having to do them!


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

rebeccamealey - Nice to see you strolling down my lane again! Thanks for commenting.


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MsDora 13 months ago from The Caribbean

Such truth in the poem's first line. Friends with the IRS not because we love them, but we have to respect them!


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

MsDora - Yes, the hunt for and organizing the receipts can be a real pain. Writing is so much easier.


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BlossomSB 13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

It's good to write them down, then they can come in handy when we're looking for a neatly turned phrase to describe something.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

BlossomSB - I guess that, if we want to be notable, we need to be notes able? Artists sketch out their ideas. Making summaries, or outlines, is a tactic some writers use, similar to the artists' sketches.

You can drive the characters, or the characters can drive the writer.


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Jodah 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

You turned the chore of having to do your taxes into a bit of silliness with the poem. I don't know about you but we have to keep all the records for seven years which is a pain too. I used to have to do the taxes for the whole family each year..my wife three sons and daughter. Thank the Lord I don't have to do that any more.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

The chore is still evolving, but I am making progress. "The mills of the gods grind slow, but exceeding fine."


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

How annoying and unfair taxes are! They get you all ways, these confounded civil servants. What a misnomer that is! They certainly don't serve me.

Great poem, Demas.

Ann


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Gypsy Rose Lee 13 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Here the taxes that really choke you are the taxes you have to pay on your property.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

annart - That sounds like a great campaign promise, to wit: "One of the first things I will do, if elected to this office, will be to make sure that civil servants are both "civil" and actually "servants" of you and me the public!"


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee - At least that tax on property has an out: don't have property!

A tax on income only has outs, if they are provided for in the law, such as taxes that start only after a minimum income level has been reached which provides for shelter, food, and basic medical needs.

The logical solution to "income inequality" in the USA is a stiff property tax (sometimes incorrectly labeled a "consumption tax", which is a tax on spending).

A property tax can actually be like a retroactive "consumption tax plus", as it would tax money previously spent on retained property at its current value.

Basic property could be excluded, such as homes up to the average value of a home based on the family size, basic transportation (but not a Rolls Royce), etc.

Done properly, the rich would get poorer and the poorer would be protected, while unfortunately the poorer might not see their wages increase, but the middle class could have their income taxes cut drastically.

You might do a Hub on how Latvia's property tax works and where it might be changed for greater fairness and otherwise improved upon (with good interviews with experts, and men and women on the street, etc.) That should be worth some sales income....without being property!


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annart 13 months ago from SW England

Good idea!


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FlourishAnyway 13 months ago from USA

As someone who hasn't balanced a checkbook in 5 years, I can't image the task you faced. There are some things I am meticulous about and other stuff I just shove in a box and let someone else handle.


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyway - I'd be happy to take that approach too, but my HP earnings don't rise to that level, despite my best efforts. I will have to go back and read some of those great "profit making" Hubs I bookmarked....once the digging is done.


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aviannovice 13 months ago from Stillwater, OK

What you need is always in the last place that you look, too...


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Perspycacious 13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

aviannovice - That's why I start at the end and work toward the front, but even that doesn't always work, because as you wrote, it's always the last place I look.

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