Tag Archives: hardship



My wife’s family,

In a mountainous community…

Sure do try

To all get by,

With relative impunity.

Unlike the “Dukes of Hazard”,

For these, law-abiding matters…

With no “Boss Hogg”

Over which to leap-frog,

They reap what the government scatters.

Disability many are on,

And some just sit on their lawn…

Many try

To keep themselves spry,

They have to carry on!

Mountain people tend toward faith,

To pray their young ones stay safe…

Their hardship is real

More than flat-landers feel,

Not always captains of their fate!

Like anywhere else, you’ll find,

Good people to ease the mind…

To some I’m related,

Marriage integrated,

They see me as a similar kind.

–Jonathan Caswell



(An opinion about U.S. healthcare policy)


I thought we would be okay,

If the hardship hitting others stayed away…

But, no such luck,

We too, got stuck

In the national melee!

It was relatively easy to fix,

Being caught between and betwixt…

Left her on the phone

Getting back her own

Policy that had been nixed.

I grow angrier yet,

How more stupid can it get…

Our national leaders

Think we all are bleeders

For something they ignored to vet!

“Who cares if it don’t work,

“Use it anyway,” the chain jerked…

We’ve all got chain collars

And pay many dollars

For a coffeemaker that won’t perk.

We had a social worker advise

To cut all former ties…

That we HAD TO join in

The vast luny bin,

And then comes the big surprise.

I think we’ll be rectified,

Assuming no more have lied…

To keep what we’ve got,

What’s left in the pot

To pay our bills and survive.


–Jonathan Caswell