Poetry Tow Truck 15: Declare the Pennies On Your Eyes

Okay, I know it’s National Poetry Month and all, but let’s be honest: what most people, including poets, have on their minds this time of year is the tax deadline.

The definitions of tax, according to Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary, are as follows:

Verb:

1 :to assess or determine judicially the amount of (costs in a court action)

2: to levy a tax on

3 obsolete : to enter (a name) in a list <there went out a decree … that all the world should be taxed — Luke 2:1>

4: charge, accuse <taxed him with neglect of duty>; also :censure

5: to make onerous and rigorous demands on <the job taxed her strength>

Noun:

1.a : a charge usually of money imposed by authority on persons or property for public purposes

b : a sum levied on members of an organization to defray expenses

2: a heavy demand

Today, try to write a poem that is tax-related. You can use any of the definitions above in any way you like. Focus on one meaning or multiple meanings. Use the words in the definitions themselves as a Wordle prompt. Rant and rave about the political side of taxes. Like this post title, be inspired by tax songs like The Beatles’ “Taxman” or “Sunny Afternoon” by The Kinks. Write a love letter to your H & R Block representative. Have some fun with it- who ever said that taxes couldn’t be fun? 🙂

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